Marsenina stearnsii

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Marsenina stearnsii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Velutinoidea
Family: Velutinidae
Subfamily: Lamellariinae
Genus: Marsenina
Species: M. stearnsii
Binomial name
Marsenina stearnsii
(Dall, 1871)[1]
Synonyms
  • Lamellaria stearnsii Dall, 1871[2]

Marsenina stearnsii is a species of small slug-like sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the subfamily Lamellariinae of the family Velutinidae.

Description[edit]

The size of an adult shell varies between 15 and 20 millimetres (0.59 and 0.79 in). The thin, translusent white shell is visible through a dorsal pore in the mantle. The finely pitted mantle is white to pale pink with darker spots.[citation needed]

Distribution[edit]

This white slug-like snail is known from Alaska[3] and central California.[4] It can be found in the rocky intertidal, often in association with the ascidian Trididemnum opacum.[4][5] It is relatively rare, found in the low rocky intertidal, usually under rocks on the ascidian Trididemnem opacum which it matches in color and pattern and upon which it preys.[6]

References[edit]

  • Turgeon, D.; Quinn, J.F.; Bogan, A.E.; Coan, E.V.; Hochberg, F.G.; Lyons, W.G.; Mikkelsen, P.M.; Neves, R.J.; Roper, C.F.E.; Rosenberg, G.; Roth, B.; Scheltema, A.; Thompson, F.G.; Vecchione, M.; Williams, J.D. (1998). Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates from the United States and Canada: mollusks. 2nd ed. American Fisheries Society Special Publication, 26. American Fisheries Society: Bethesda, MD (USA). ISBN 1-888569-01-8. IX, 526 + cd-rom pp.
  • ITIS info, authority and date

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