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Tambja sagamiana.jpg
Tambja sagamiana in Sukumo Bay, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan, head end towards the right
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Polyceroidea
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Nembrothinae
Genus: Tambja
Burn, 1962[1]

Tambja is a genus of colorful sea slugs, dorid nudibranchs, shell-less marine gastropod mollusks in the family Polyceridae.[2]


These nudibranchs feed on bryozoa. They have a radula which bears a rachidian tooth whose upper margin is either smooth or notched; the lateral tooth has two crowns, and the other teeth are so flat as to resemble plates.[3]


Species in the genus Tambja include:[2][4]


  1. ^ Burn, R.F. (1962) Descriptions of Victorian nudibranchiate mollusca, with a comprehensive review of the Eolidacea. Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria, 25: 95-128.
  2. ^ a b http://zipcodezoo.com/Key/Animalia/Tambja_Genus.asp#Taxonomy
  3. ^ Pola, M.; Cervera, J. L.; Gosliner, T. M. (2006). "Description of two new phanerobranch nembrothid species (Nudibranchia: Polyceridae: Doridacea)". Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. 86 (2): 403. doi:10.1017/S0025315406013269. 
  4. ^ http://seaslugforum.net
  5. ^ Pola M., Valles Y., Cervera J. L., Medina M. & Gosliner T. M. (2006). "Taxonomic status of Tambja abdere and T. fusca based on morphological and molecular evidence, with comments on the phylogeny of the subfamily Nembrothinae (Nudibranchia, Polyceridae)". Annales Zoologici Fenici 43: 52-64. PDF.
  6. ^ Pola, Marta; Padula, Vinicius; Gosliner, Terrence M.; Cervera, Juan Lucas (2014-12-01). "Going further on an intricate and challenging group of nudibranchs: description of five novel species and a more complete molecular phylogeny of the subfamily Nembrothinae (Polyceridae)". Cladistics. 30 (6): 607–634. doi:10.1111/cla.12097. ISSN 1096-0031. 
  7. ^ Bergh L. S. R. (1890). Report on the nudibranchs. Report on the results of dredging, under the supervision of Alexander Agassiz, in the Gulf of Mexico (1877-1878) and in the Caribbean Sea (1879-1880), by the U.S. Coast Survey steamer "Blake", Lleut.-Commander C. D. Sigsbee, U.S.N., and Commander J. R. Bartlett, U.S.N., commanding. 19(3)(3), 155-181 Pls.1-3. [172-5, Pl.2 figs 1-5. Pl.3 figs 1-4]
  8. ^ Domínguez M., Pola M. & Ramón M. (2015) "A new species of Tambja (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia) from the Mediterranean Sea: description of the first species of the genus from the Balearic Islands and Malta". Helgoland Marine Research 69: 429. doi:10.1007/s10152-015-0429-4.
  9. ^ Pola P. M., Cervera J. L. & Gosliner T. M. (2005). "A new species of Tambja (Nudibranchia: Polyceridae: Nembrothinae)". Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85(4): 979-984. PDF.

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