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Cuthona caerulea

Montagu, 1804

Cuthona

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Cuthona caerulea (Montagu, 1804)
Synonyms :
Classification : Nudibranchia [ Cuvier, 1817 ] ( Sea slugs )
 
Name : Cuthona
Name : Cuthona
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
The body is transparent and colourless, with yellow tips to the oral tentacles and rhinophores. The cerata have a core of dark-green digestive gland, with bright blue pigment masking the central region of the gland and orange surface pigment over the outer third. A thin ring of orange is sometimes also present below the blue region. Typically about 10mm in length, max size is 25 mm.
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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
Hydroids, especially genus Sertularella, especially Sertularella polyzonias.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
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Interaction with other species
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Grass

Rocks
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Geographical distribution
Commonly found in western Europe from the western Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast to sweden and southern Norway.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://marenostrum.org/vidamarina/animalia/invertebrados/moluscos/gast [...]
http://www.medslugs.de/E/Med/Cuthona_caerulea.htm
http://www.pictonb.freeserve.co.uk/nudibranchs/cutcae.html
http://www.seaslugforum.net/cuthcaer.htm

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Découvrir la Méditerrannée
Steven Weinberg
Editions Nathan 1992
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 3/07/2004

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