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A sea slug (Calliopaea bellula)

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

Summary

Description

A sea slug that can grow up to 1 cm in length. It is greyish in colour, marbled with white, while the tail is pale red. It has protrusions arranged in five or six rows along the sides of the body.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

South coast of Britain, Northern Ireland, and the east and west coasts of Ireland, County Down and Kerry respectively.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found in shallow water, perhaps associated with Zostera.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Length 1 cm.
  • Rhinophores grey.
  • Cerata arranged in 5 or 6 rows along sides of dorsum.
  • Anal opening antero-dorsal.

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Bibliography

  1. 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.]

  2. JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line] http://www.jncc.gov.uk/mermaid

  3. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

  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. 2005. Calliopaea bellula 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/1250

Last Updated: 02/11/2005