Elysia ornata

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Elysia ornata
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Elysia ornata
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Elysia ornata about 2 cm in length
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Sacoglossa
clade Plakobranchacea

Superfamily: Plakobranchoidea
Family: Plakobranchidae
Genus: Elysia
Species: E. ornata
Binomial name
Elysia ornata
(Swainson, 1840) [1]

Elysia ornata, commonly known as ornate elysia or ornate leaf slug, is a species of sea slug, a marine gastropod mollusk. This sea slug superficially resembles a nudibranch, yet it does not belong to that suborder of gastropods. Instead it is a member of the closely related clade Sacoglossa, the "sap-sucking" sea slugs.

Description[edit]

Elysia ornata can grow to about 5 centimetres (2.0 in) in length.[2] It is a translucent greenish-yellow colour speckled with white and black. It has broad parapodia each edged with an orange band and a black margin. The rhinophores are similarly coloured with a band of orange and dark tips.[3]

Distribution[edit]

Elysia ornata is a tropical species found in both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gofas, Serge (2010). "Elysia ornata (Swainson, 1840)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  2. ^ http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/elysorna
  3. ^ a b Elysia ornata SeaSlugForum. Retrieved 2012-01-24.

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