Glossodoris bombayana   Winckworth,  1946 (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Max. size: 35 x 16 mm

Color: Notum is green, usually but not always, very pale, with a series of large rounded black spots over the greater part of the dorsal area, and speckled with fine white spots on the central part. The arrangement of the dark spots and the amount of white speckling varies considerably. The extreme edge of the mantle is white with a series of black spots round the circumference. Inside this is a continuous orange band made up of coalescing orange spots. The rhinophores are closely perfoliate, the pale green foliations lightly speckled with tiny white spots, and the bases a translucent green. The branchiae, usually ten in number, are pale green, flecked with fine white spots. The posterior plumes are smaller and they are open in the centre behind. The wider surface of the mantle is white; the marginal black spots and orange ring show through from above. The head and large conical oral tentacles are white. The foot is grooved in front, translucent white, with the liver showing through in blue. There are no spots on the side of the foot. It projects beyond the mantle as a white tail, which has no spots on it.

The radula consists of simply hamate teeth, with 5 to 9 denticles high up on the margin. Formula: 52 x 50.0.50. The buccal armature consists of bifid rods.

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• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 10/1944-03/1945)

Literature Source(s)
  • Winckworth, HC (1946) Glossodoris from Bombay Journal of Molluscan Studies Malacological Society of London 26(6) 155-160 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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