|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Keith Hiscock - Philine aperta on sediment surface. Image width ca 15cm.
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Philine aperta is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Emily Wilson||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Gastropoda||Snails, slugs & sea butterflies|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||At a few recorded locations all around the British Isles.|
|Habitat information||A sublittoral sea slug spending most of its life beneath the surface of the sand/muddy sand in which it seeks its prey.|
|Description||Philine aperta can grow up to 7 cm long, 3.5 cm wide and has a small internal shell that can be felt at the hind end of the animal. The soft body is four-lobed and whitish to pale yellow in colour with white dots. This species characteristically secretes sulphuric acid as a defence against predators.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Emily Wilson 2000. Philine aperta. Lobe shell. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 22/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4093>