Image Mike Markey - Pleurobranchus membranaceus at Lyme Bay. Image width ca 10 cm.
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Pleurobranchus membranaceus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Mollusca||Snails, slugs, mussels, cockles, clams & squid|
|Class||Gastropoda||Snails, slugs & sea butterflies|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Recorded from various locations around Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Found on the rocky intertidal and sublittoral in association with its prey, the sea squirts Ascidia mentula, Ascidiella aspersa and Botryllus schlosseri.|
|Description||Pleurobranchus membranaceus is a large, round sea slug up to 12 cm in length. The body consists of the brown mantle, which is covered in short fleshy projections known as tubercles, and a white foot, which forms a 'skirt' around the mantle. The front end bears obvious tentacles the outer oral tentacles and the rhinophores between them. The rhinophores consist of rolled extensions of tissue.|
|Additional information||Pleurobranchus membranaceus may be seen swimming by turning onto its back and flapping the foot like wings.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Ken Neal 2005. Pleurobranchus membranaceus. A sea slug. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 23/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4142>