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A sea slug (Caloria elegans)

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

Summary

Description

A sea slug that grows up to 1.5 cm long and has a translucent white body with thin lines of superficial white pigment on the frontal surfaces of the horns and oral tentacles. It has numerous protrusions along the body which are orange or pink in colour with a black area at the base and tip.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Torbay, Lundy, outer Bristol Channel, Cardigan Bay, Tremadog Bay, off the Llyn peninsula, Lough Swilly (north Donegal) and off Larne, Northern Ireland.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found amongst the hydroids Nemertesia ramosa, Plumularia setacea and Halecium halecinum growing on rocks and other hard inorganic substrata.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Six to eight paired groups of short, fat cerata.
  • Very long oral tentacles are flat, shorter rhinophores have small tubercles on rear faces.
  • Longitudinal white stripes on the tentacles and tail are diagnostic.
  • Digestive gland is orange or pink in colour with a black area at base of each ceras and a black glandular area just below the cnidosac.
  • The cerata have white terminal rings and largest have long curled tips.

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

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

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2007. Caloria elegans 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/1258

Last Updated: 02/02/2007