A sea slug (Armina loveni)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandScattered records from the Shetland Isles, the east coast of Scotland, south west of England, the Celtic Sea, Ireland, the Isle of Man and western Scotland.
HabitatArmina loveni crawls along the surface or burrows in muddy sand. Usually found with sea pens Virgularia mirabilis in sheltered localities at 10-75 m deep.
- Up to 4 cm in length.
- Brick-red mantle with white foot and up to 50 white longitudinal ridges.
- Flattened leaf-like appearance.
- Short stubby rhinophores.
Additional informationPresumed to feed on Cnidaria but this not certain. Closely resembles Armina neapolitana, which can be distinguished by the arrangement of the teeth on the radula (Thompson & Brown, 1984). However, this requires dissection. The spawn resembles a tightly coiled pale pink thread.
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Last Updated: 03/04/2018