Sea fan sea slug (Duvaucelia odhneri)
|Researched by||Emily Wilson||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||J. Tardy, 1963|
|Other common names||A sea slug||Synonyms||Duvaucelia odhneri Marcus Ev., 1983, non Tritonia odhneri Marcus 1959, Tritonia nilsodhneri Ev. Marcus, 1983|
A slender sea slug that grows up to 3.4 cm in length. It is pale salmon-pink or pure white in colour and has no markings on its body. It is extremely well camouflaged on its prey, the sea fan Eunicella verrucosa as it has eight pairs of gills along its back that closely resemble the feeding polyps.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandA south-westerly distribution in the British Isles with the most northern limit at St. John's Point, Co. Donegal (NW Ireland).
HabitatFound on its prey, the sea fan Eunicella verrucosa.
- Slender body without markings.
- Six processes on the oral veil.
- Approximately eight pairs of gills on the dorsum.
- Rhinophores have smooth edged sheaths and branched tips.
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Last Updated: 23/09/2021