Elysia chlorotica is a kind of sea slug. Technically, it's an animal. However, it undergoes a process called kleptoplasty, which is the absorption of chloroplasts from algal prey cells which are then used to produce food. E. chlorotica uses these chloroplasts for 9-12 months at a time, and manages to keep them functioning. Also, E. chlorotica has absorbed some algal genes, however, none are related to photosynthesis, and none are expressed.
So, Elysia chlorotica is a sea slug that is capable of photosynthesis, but only after taking chloroplasts from its prey.
What I'm wondering is how do you classify something like this? I know E. chlorotica is currently listed as a mollusc in kingdom Animalia, but what if it fully absorbed its preys genome and was able to sustain chloroplasts on its own? Would E. chlorotica be considered a plant or an animal? Or something else? Is that even possible?
I know this is a lot, and maybe this forum isn't the right place for my questions, but any insight would be greatly appreciated!