Elysia timida

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Elysia timida
Elysia timida (Risso, 1818) cropped.jpg
right side view of Elysia timida
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. timida
Binomial name
Elysia timida
(Risso, 1818)
  • Elysia viridis var. lactea Bergh, 1880
  • Notarchus timidus Risso, 1818 (original description)

Elysia timida is a species of sacoglossan sea slug, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk.[1]


This marine species occurs in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Atlantic Ocean of the Cape Verdes and in the Caribbean Sea.

Feeding habits[edit]

It feeds on the algae Acetabularia acetabulum (from which it keeps the chloroplasts, that are able to continue photosynthesis in the slug's tissues) and Padina pavonica.

Life cycle[edit]

Mating behaviour.


  1. ^ Gofas, S. (2015). Elysia timida (Risso, 1818). In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=139684 on 2016-01-20
  • Risso A., 1818: Mémoire sur quelques Gastropodes nouveaux, Nudibranches et Tectibranches observés dans la mer de Nice; Journal de Physique, de Chimie, d'Histoire Naturelle et des Arts 87: 368-377
  • Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca. in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels. 50: pp. 180-213.

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