Ceratosoma brevicaudatum

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Short-tailed ceratosoma
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Ceratosoma
Species: C. brevicaudatum
Binomial name
Ceratosoma brevicaudatum
Abraham, 1876

Ceratosoma brevicaudatum, the short-tailed ceratosoma, is a species of colorful dorid nudibranch, a sea slug, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.

Distribution[edit]

Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia, across South Australia and Victoria to Cape Byron, New South Wales, and around Tasmania.[1]

Description[edit]

This firm-bodied species grows to a maximum recorded length of 15 centimetres. Within South Australian waters, dark coloured individuals are more common in the west and paler colours moreso in the east. An orange form is considered typical in SA.[2]

Ecology[edit]

The species feeds on Euryspongia spp. sponges.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edgar, Graham J. (2008). Australian Marine Life: The plants and animals of temperate waters (Second ed.). Sydney: New Holland. ISBN 9781921517174.
  2. ^ a b Gowlett-Holmes, Karen (2008). A field guide to the marine invertebrates of South Australia. Sandy Bay, Tasmania: Notomares. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-9804854-0-0.

External links[edit]

  • SeaSlug Forum info: [1]