|MOLLUSCA : NUDIBRANCHIA : Eubranchidae||SNAILS, SLUGS, ETC.|
Description: This nudibranch is greyish-white in colour with scattered patches of green or brown pigment. Each ceras has a white band towards its tip and 2-3 green or brown bands below this. The digestive gland is white and is visible through the ceratal epidermis. The rhinophores are smooth with white tips and a lower green or brown band. The larger individuals may grow to a length of approximately 20mm.
Habitat: Eubranchus vittatus feeds on the calyptoblastic hydroid Kirchenpaueria pinnata. The spawn consists of a flared, cup-like, circle of white ribbon with a basal pad attaching it to the hydroid stem.
Distribution: A frequent species in the north west of the British Isles but much scarcer in the south, although records extend to Torbay, Devon and Galicia, NW Spain.
Similar Species: This species is similar in appearance to Eubranchus doriae but has smooth, unswollen cerata with bands of dark pigment.
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). Eubranchus vittatus (Alder & Hancock, 1842). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=W15160 Accessed on 2017-09-22
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