Aeolidia papillosa

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Aeolidia papillosa
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A live individual of Aeolidia papillosa, head end towards the left
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Dexiarchia
clade Cladobranchia
clade Aeolidida

Superfamily: Aeolidioidea
Family: Aeolidiidae
Genus: Aeolidia
Species: A. papillosa
Binomial name
Aeolidia papillosa
(Linnaeus, 1761)

Aeolidia papillosa is a species of sea slug, an aeolid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Aeolidiidae. This species has recently been shown to have a more restricted distribution than previously thought, with animals from California, France and Chile being three other species.[1]

Distribution[edit]

This nudibranch species lives on the Atlantic coast of The British Isles and Northern Europe, the Atlantic coast of North America, and the north Pacific Coast of North America.

Description[edit]

Aeolidia papillosa can be easily identified by its large number of cylindrical cerata covering its body except for a triangular area that extends from the rhinophores to the mid dorsum. The colour is variable, usually with speckled darker markings in the head and back regions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kienberger, K., Carmona, L., Pola, M., Padula, V., Gosliner, T. M. and Cervera, J. L. (2016). Aeolidia papillosa (Linnaeus, 1761) (Mollusca: Heterobranchia: Nudibranchia), single species or a cryptic species complex? A morphological and molecular study. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 177: 481–506. doi: 10.1111/zoj.12379

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