Sea slugs acquire toxins from the bacteria that live within the food they eat
Where sea slugs get their toxic defense from - life short science news

Sea slugs acquire bacterial toxins that live inside algae, the food source of sea slugs, a new study shows.

Thus, this three-way symbiotic relationship between slugs, algae and bacteria provide the snails with toxins to fight off predators.

These complicated interactions illustrate the importance of understanding how organisms live together, and how molecules might travel in the food chain.

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Scientific publication: Science