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A sea slug (Trapania maculata)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

A long and slender sea slug that grows up to 17 mm in length, with a long tapering posterior. The body is white with characteristic yellow/orange patches. The oral tentacles are long and streaked with orange pigment.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Portland Bill, English Channel and the Llyn peninsula.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found in shallow water on rocks among encrusting bryozoans.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • No mantle skirt.
  • Curved, posteriorly-directed, orange tipped process at the base of each rhinophore and on either side of the branchial plume.
  • Elongated pairs of oral and propodial tentacles are prominent.

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Bibliography

  1. Hayward, P., Nelson-Smith, T. & Shields, C. 1996. Collins pocket guide. Sea shore of Britain and northern Europe. London: HarperCollins.

  2. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  3. Picton, B. E. & Morrow, C.C., 1994. A Field Guide to the Nudibranchs of the British Isles. London: Immel Publishing Ltd.

  4. Thompson, T. E. & Brown, G. H., 1976. British Opisthobranch Molluscs. London: Academic Press. [Synopses of the British Fauna, no. 8.]

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2007. Trapania maculata A sea slug. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1244

Last Updated: 10/09/2007