MOLLUSCA : NUDIBRANCHIA : GoniodorididaeSNAILS, SLUGS, ETC.

Goniodoris castanea Alder & Hancock, 1845


Description: The body of this nudibranch is red-brown in colour and the dorsum is covered with white flecks. There are small ridges and tubercles on the dorsum and flanks. A conspicuous rim runs down the middle of the back and around the edge of the mantle. The rhinophores are lamellate and the small oral tentacles are flattened. This animal may reach 38mm in length.

Habitat: This species feeds on ascidians and can be found deeply burrowed in the test of the compound ascidian Botryllus schlosseri, and has also been reported as feeding on Ascidia mentula.

Distribution: Usually found at depths of less than 25m and sometimes found on the lower shore. Found all round the British Isles but occurrence sporadic.

Similar Species: This species is not easily confused with others from the British Isles.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map:  download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)

Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.


 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=W12960

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