Oxynoe viridis   (Pease,  1861) (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Australian Museum

Color: Variable, the green can very from dark green to greenish yellow and the blue spots can be range from large blue eyespots all over the body to small blue specks along the parapodial edge.

It has a fragile bubble-shaped shell which is partially enclosed by parapodial flaps. They can produce a sticky white secretion when attacked or disturbed, and in extreme danger they can break off the long muscular foot which continues to wriggle vigorously for some time after it is broken off. In time, a new tail will grow.

Remarks: It is found feeding on a variety of species of Caulerpa where it is well camouflaged because of its color.

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Habitat:  Demersal


• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam (Lat: 17.7) (Long: 83.3) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DVS (2005) Comprehensive review of the records of the biota of the Indian Seas and the introduction of non-indigenous species Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 15(2) 117-146 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.659
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (1998) Sea Slug Forum Australian Museum Available at - http://www.seaslugforum.net/

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