Crawling leaves: photosynthesis in sacoglossan sea slugs.

  title={Crawling leaves: photosynthesis in sacoglossan sea slugs.},
  author={S{\'o}nia Cruz and Ricardo Calado and Jo{\~a}o Ser{\^o}dio and Paulo Cartaxana},
  journal={Journal of experimental botany},
  volume={64 13},
Some species of sacoglossan sea slugs can maintain functional chloroplasts from specific algal food sources in the cells of their digestive diverticula. These 'stolen' chloroplasts (kleptoplasts) can survive in the absence of the plant cell and continue to photosynthesize, in some cases for as long as one year. Within the Metazoa, this phenomenon (kleptoplasty) seems to have only evolved among sacoglossan sea slugs. Known for over a century, the mechanisms of interaction between the foreign… CONTINUE READING
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