A sea slug (Okenia leachii)
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|Authority||(Alder & Hancock, 1854)|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandOnly recorded on the west coast of Scotland from Shiant Island in the Outer Hebrides, Loch Fyne and off Talisker bay on the Isle of Skye.
HabitatUsually found in deep water below 25 m, on muddy sand seabeds.
- Up to 4 cm in length.
- Three rows of long tapering processes arise from the mantle.
- White pigment on tips of all processes, gills and edge of foot.
Additional informationIt probably feeds on burrowing ascidians such as Molgula oculata (Picton & Morrow, 1994).
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Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]
JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line] http://www.jncc.gov.uk/mermaid
Picton, B. E. & Morrow, C.C., 1994. A Field Guide to the Nudibranchs of the British Isles. London: Immel Publishing Ltd.
Thompson, T. E. & Brown, G. H., 1976. British Opisthobranch Molluscs. London: Academic Press. [Synopses of the British Fauna, no. 8.]
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Last Updated: 26/06/2007