Adalaria loveni (Alder & Hancock, 1862)

Adalaria loveni

Description: The body may be white or yellow in colour. The mantle is covered by rounded tubercles which are very variable in size. The rhinophores are lamellate. Up to 32mm in length.

Habitat: Kelp forests in shallow water.

Ecology: Appears to feed on Membranipora membranacea on kelp fronds.

Distribution: The original description gives the locality of the type specimen as Bantry Bay, SW Ireland, but this may be a mix-up of the original material by Alder & Hancock. Currently this species seems to be confined to Norway and Sweden. Alder & Hancock mention material received from Lovén and name the animal after him.

Similar Species: Similar in appearance to Adalaria proxima but with larger flattened tubercles.

Key Identification Features:

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

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Adalaria loveni (Alder & Hancock, 1862). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-06-21

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