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Cerata
Dorsal processes in some shell-less opistobranch molluscs, containing branches of the digestive tract. The cerata are often brightly coloured and bear defensive organs, either glandular in nature, or formed of batteries of stinging cells derived from their cnidarian prey e.g. hydroids, soft corals and sea anemones (based on Thompson & Brown, 1976 and Picton & Morrow, 1994).

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