Costasiella kuroshimae

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Costasiella kuroshimae
Costasiella cf kuroshimae.png
Costasiella cf. kuroshimae on Avrainvillea erecta. Locality: Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef. The length of the slug is about 1 cm.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
informal group Opisthobranchia
clade Sacoglossa
clade Plakobranchacea
Superfamily: Limapontioidea
Family: Costasiellidae
Genus: Costasiella
Species: C. kuroshimae
Binomial name
Costasiella kuroshimae
Ichikawa, 1993

Costasiella kuroshimae is a species of sacoglossan sea slug, a shell-less marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Costasiellidae.[1]

It has the ability to incorporate chloroplasts from the algae it feeds on into its body and use them to do photosynthesis (see kleptoplasty).

A frontal picture of a Costasiella kuroshimae.
Costasiella kuroshimae taken in Secret Bay Anilao dive site, Batangas, Philippines

The type locality is Kuroshima, Taketomi, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands.[2]


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2014). Costasiella kuroshimae Ichikawa, 1993. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2015-01-17
  2. ^ Jensen K. R. (November 2007). "Biogeography of the Sacoglossa (Mollusca, Opisthobranchia)". Bonner zoologische Beiträge 55(2006)(3-4): 255–281.

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