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Aegris sp. 001.jpg
A live individual of the knobbly nudibranch, Aegires ninguis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Polyceroidea
Family: Aegiridae
P. Fischer, 1883
Genus: Aegires
Lovén, 1844[1]
  • Anaegires Odhner, 1934
  • Notodoris Bergh, 1875
  • Serigea F. Nordsieck, 1972
  • Triopella G.O. Sars, 1878

Aegires is a genus of sea slugs, dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Aegiridae. Members of the species in this genus feed exclusively on calcareous sponges.[2][4] Images of the radula can be seen in this reference.[5]

Aegires is the type genus and the only genus in the family Aegiridae.[3]


Species in the genus Aegires include:[6][7]

Species brought into synonymy
  • Aegires citrinus Pruvot-Fol, 1930: synonym of Aegires pruvotfolae Fahey & Gosliner, 2004
  • Aegires hispidus Hesse, 1872: synonym of Aegires punctilucens (d'Orbigny, 1837)
  • Aegires protectus Odhner, 1934: synonym of Aegires albus Thiele, 1912


  1. ^ Lovén S. L. (1844). Ofvers. K. Vet. Acad. Förh. 1(3): 49.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet P., Rocroi J.-P., Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdés Á. & Warén A. (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology (Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks) 47 (1-2): 1–397. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Fahey S. J. & Gosliner T. M. (2004). "A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Aegiridae Fischer, 1883 (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Phanerobranchia) with Descriptions of Eight New Species and a Reassessment of Phanerobranch Relationships". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55(34): 613-689. PDF.
  4. ^ Vietti RC, Balduzzi A (1991). "Relationship between radular morphology and food in the Doridina (Mollusca: Nudibranchia). Malacologia 32(2)". pp. 211–217. 
  5. ^ "Faunistic and anatomical data on the Antarctic Opisthobranchia (Mollusca Gastropoda) in the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences" (PDF). Biologie 66: 29–40. 1996.  and Wägele, H. (1987). "Redescription and anatomy of Aegires (Anaegires) albus Thiele, 1912 (Opisthobranchia, Doridacea) and synonymy with A. Protectus Odhner, 1934". Polar Biology 7 (5): 267–272. doi:10.1007/BF00443944. 
  6. ^ WoRMS: Aegires World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 28 September 2013
  7. ^ WoRMS taxon details: Aegires Lovén, 1844.

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