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Chelonaplysilla noevus (Carter, 1876)


Chelonaplysilla noevus

Description: Chelonaplysilla noevus (Carter, 1876) is a dark purple encrusting species with a very characteristic surface reticulation of sand grains visible to the naked eye or with a low magnification. There are coarse sharp conules, similar to those of Aplysilla .

Habitat: On steep or overhanging bedrock faces on the open sea coast, occurring at depths of 15-115 m.

Ecology: In the Mediterranean, violet-black larvae, with a posterior crown of long flagellae, were reported from a specimen collected on October 7.

Distribution: A southern species reaching its northern limits on the coast of Northern Ireland at Rathlin Island.

Similar Species: none.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from NBN: Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.



 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Chelonaplysilla noevus (Carter, 1876). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=C9075 Accessed on 2017-11-24

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