Hydatina zonata   (Lightfoot,  1786) (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Australian Museum

Size: shell length 34 mm; width 30 mm.

Color: Shell light straw colour with dark brown broad spiral band. The border of the foot, rhinophores, and cephalic shield are margined with white colour, followed by dark chocolate and gradually lighter in the middle. Lower part of the foot is light brown.

Shell ovoid, fragile and thin. Suture is deep, aperture broad, thin, sharp and surface smooth. Foot is very large, broad and extends beyond the shell while moving. Cephalic shield has two pairs of anterior lobes. Rhinophores are long and broad.

Synonym (s)
Bulla cinctoria Perry, 1811
Bulla fasciata Bruguiere, 1792
Bulla velum Gmelin, 1791
Bulla zonata Lightfoot, 1786
Hydatina cinctoria (Perry, 1811)
Hydatina fasciata (Bruguiere, 1792)
Hydatina infalata Dunker, 1877
Hydatina vexillum Sowerby, 1867
Hydatina velum (Gmelin, 1791)

Common Name (s)
• paper bubble shell
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, off Koyyam (Lat: 18.15) (Long: 83.88) INDIA (Depth: 30 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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/
  • Ganesh, T; Rao, KVS and Raman, AV (2009) Paper bubble shell, Hydatina zonata (Gastropoda: Hydatinidae) from the north-east coast of India Marine Biodiversity Records Cambridge University Press 2 1-3 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267209990881

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