Melibe

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Melibe
Melibe mirifica.jpg
Melibe viridis, anterior end at the front with the large rounded oral hood
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Melibe

Rang, 1829[1]
Diversity[2]
16 valid species and 3 doubtful species
Synonyms[2]
  • Chiroraera Gould, 1852
  • Jacunia Filippi, 1867
  • Melibaea Angas, 1864
  • Meliboea Kelaart, 1858
  • Propomelibe Allan, 1932

Melibe is a genus of sea slugs, nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Tethydidae.[3]

Most nudibranchs are carnivores, but their prey is usually sessile or slow-moving animals such as sponges or bryozoans. In contrast, Melibe is an active predator which traps fast-moving free-swimming animals such as small crustaceans, using its extendable oral hood. [1]

Species[edit]

Species within the genus Melibe include 17 valid species and 3 doubtful species:[3]

doubtful species:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rang (1829). Man. Moll., 129.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Gosliner T. M. & Smith V. G. (2003). "Systematic review and phylogenetic analysis of the nudibranch genus Melibe (Opistobranchia: Dendronotacea) with descriptions of three new species". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 54: 302-355. PDF.
  3. ^ a b Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2012). Melibe Rang, 1829. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=138547 on 2016-11-14

Further reading[edit]

  • Gosliner, T.M. 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa ISBN 0-930118-13-8

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