Chelidonura sandrana

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Chelidonura sandrana
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Chelidonura sandrana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Euopisthobranchia
clade Cephalaspidea

Superfamily: Philinoidea
Family: Aglajidae
Genus: Chelidonura
Species: C. sandrana
Binomial name
Chelidonura sandrana
Rudman, 1973[1]

Chelidonura babai Gosliner, 1988

Chelidonura sandrana is a species of sea slug, or "headshield slug", a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Aglajidae. [2]


This species lives from Tanzania to Australia.[3]


Chelidonura sandrana is a simultaneously hermaphroditic species.[4] Contrary to classic theoretical predictions, Sprenger et al. (2011)[4] have shown for the first time that the mating rate is largely unresponsive to variations in mate availability in this simultaneous hermaphrodite.[4] With mating rates being close to the female fitness optimum, their findings challenge the prevailing notion of male-driven mating rates in simultaneous hermaphrodites, and call for complementary investigations of mating-rate effects on fitness through the male sexual function.[4]


  1. ^ Rudman W. B. (1973). "On some species of Chelidonura (Opisthobranchia: Aglajidae) from Zanzibar and Fiji". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 52(3): 201-215. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1973.tb01881.x.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Chelidonura sandrana Rudman, 1973. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-06-11
  3. ^ Rudman W. B. (1998). "Chelidonura sandrana". Sea Slug Forum, accessed 25 may 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sprenger D., Lange R. & Anthes N. (2011). "Population density and group size effects on reproductive behavior in a simultaneous hermaphrodite". BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 107. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-107.

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