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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 2017-07-27
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