Bursatella leachii   Blainville,  1817 (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Color: Greenish grey or brownish in life ornamented with beautiful eye-like rounded spots or ocelli.

The body is soft and of a flabby consistency, presence of long, filamentous processes scattered all over the upper surface of the body larger of these villi are dendritically branched at their tips. The head bears two pairs of branched tentacles which,
apart from their particularly large size appear much like the compound villi found on the rest of the surface. The oral lobes, anterior cephalic tentacles and the rhinophores all bear villi and the edges of the foot are also fringed with simple papillae; parapodia are united posteriorly; dorsal slit is narrow and short, but can become oval when dilated. The shell is absent altogether. The broad foot has a bifid anterior margin with lateral projections, and is produced behind into a short, triangular tail. The mantle is small, but the mantle cavity is wide and accommodates the large, single, arcuate ctenidium which is
frequently seen projecting out of the dorsal slit; anus is eight-lobed; genital aperture is situated just within the dorsal slit;  radula contains 34 rows of teeth; penis is short, thick and armed with spines set on muscular warts.

Synonym (s)
Bursatella leachi Blainville, 1817

Common Name (s)
• Shaggy Sea Hare (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Sandy, Coastal


• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.07) (Long: 73.47) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.22) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tike, MJ; Samant, JS; Mohite, SA (2009) Diversity status of minor fish and shellfish along Malvan coast, Maharshtra Indian Journal of Applied and Pure Biology Indian Journal of Applied and Pure Biology, India 24(2) 441-448 Available at - http://nicmas.nio.org/eprints11/Indian_J_Appl_Pure_Biol_24_441.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Satyamurti, ST (1952) The Mollusca of Krusadai island in the Gulf of Mannar I- Amphineura and Gastropoda Bulletin of the Madras Government 1(2) 265 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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