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Four common species of temperate NE Pacific ascoglossan (= sacoglossan) sea slugs were examined in 1990 and 1991 to determine the nature and effectiveness of their defensive responses and the potential ecological importance of predation. The 3 small, cryptic species (Placida dendritica, StiLiger fuscovittatus, Alderia modesta) responded to mechanical stimulation by waving and autotomizing cerata (finger-like projections on dorsal surfaces), secreting viscous white fluid, and reducing bodydoi:10.3354/meps105061 fatcat:wybwkr4yh5c7votrf7ffl62wym