Melibe megaceras   Gosliner,  1987 (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Nudibranchia
Family:Tethydidae

Image copyrights: Sreeraj, CR

Description
Color: The whole animal appears translucent brown, the color coming from microscopic algae (zooxanthellae) living in the body, and which can be seen through the transparent body wall. Some animals can have opaque whitish spots on the ceratal wall and along the edge of the foot.

There is a large oral hood which is used in the capture of its food - small crustacea. There are also large cerata down each side of the body. It translucent brown color, and its flat aspect, make it almost invisible on a white sandy bottom.

Similar species: Melibe cf ocellata


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Ecology
Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ritchies Archipelago INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramakrishna; Sreeraj, CR; Raghunathan, C; Sivaperuman, C; Yogesh Kumar, JS; Raghuraman, R; Immanuel, T and Rajan, PT (2010) Guide to Opisthobranchs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, Kolkata 187 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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/
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/right_menu/Animal_disc/Animal%20Discovery%202010.pdf

Page last updated on:2011-08-24

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