|MOLLUSCA : NUDIBRANCHIA : Tritoniidae||SNAILS, SLUGS, ETC.|
Description: Synonym: Tritonia manicata
D. manicata is a small nudibranch, with a maximum body length of 13mm. The body is white with dark red, green or black pigment spots on its back. The edges of the mantle bear paired, branched gills, 4 pairs in an 11mm specimen. The rhinophores have sheaths and are branched at the tips. There are 3-4 pairs of long, slender oral tentacles.
Habitat: The diet in British waters is unknown, but it is reported as feeding on the alcyonacean Cornularia cornucopiae in the Mediterranean.
Distribution: This species is frequent in the Mediterranean and reported from the Atlantic coast of France, but only a few records exist for the south-west of the British Isles. The first British record was from Lundy, Bristol Channel, in 1978.
Similar Species: Easily distinguished from Duvaucelia plebeia by the longer oral processes and its distinctive coloration.
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). Duvaucelia manicata (Deshayes, 1853). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=W12440 Accessed on 2021-09-28
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