Sea fan sea slug (Duvaucelia odhneri)

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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 Ireland

A south-westerly distribution in the British Isles with the most northern limit at St. John's Point, Co. Donegal (NW Ireland).

Global distribution



Found on its prey, the sea fan Eunicella verrucosa.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • 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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Further information sources

Although originally identified as Duvaucelia odhneri it was synonymised with Tritonia odhneri Marcus, 1959 when the genus Duvaucelia was moved within Tritonia in 1983. It has recently (2020) reverted to its original genus. 

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  1. Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 2018. Mollusc (marine) data for Great Britain and Ireland - restricted access. Occurrence dataset: accessed via on 2018-09-25.

  2. Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 2018. Mollusc (marine) records for Great Britain and Ireland. Occurrence dataset: accessed via on 2018-09-25.

  3. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

  4. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2024. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2024-04-21


This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2021. Duvaucelia odhneri Sea fan sea slug. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21-04-2024]. Available from:

Last Updated: 23/09/2021