Three-spot nudibranch

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Three-spot nudibranch
Aldisa trimaculata.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Cadlinidae
Genus: Aldisa
Species: A. trimaculata
Binomial name
Aldisa trimaculata
Gosliner in Millen & Gosliner, 1985

The three-spot nudibranch, scientific name Aldisa trimaculata, is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Cadlinidae.

Distribution[edit]

This demersal species has so far only been found around the southern African coast, on both sides of the Cape Peninsula, in 10-30 m of water. It may possibly be endemic to that area.[1]

Description[edit]

Two of the dotted spots of the three-spot nudibranch

The three-spot nudibranch is a tan-coloured dorid with a warty skin and three brown spots, which are themselves spotted with lighter patches. The animal has eight gills arranged around the anus and its rhinophores are perfoliate. It may reach a total length of 40 mm.[2]

Ecology[edit]

This species feeds on sponges.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gosliner, T.M. 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa ISBN 0-930118-13-8
  2. ^ Zsilavecz, G. 2007. Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. ISBN 0-620-38054-3

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