Tritonia manicata
Deshayes, 1853

Family: Tritoniidae


Common at least along the northern Mediterranean from Turkey to Spain, and reported on the Atlantic coast from Morocco north to southern England.


UPPER: Ria de Arosa, Galicia, NW Spain. July 1978. Intertidal. 15mm. Photo: B.E. Picton.
LOWER: Punta San Garcia Reef, Bay of Algeciras (Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain) at 3 - 5 m. depth. Size: 15 mm. July 1999. Photo: Alma Sánchez

Body translucent white with large patches of dark brown, green or black scattered over the back. Similar markings of the same colour are found on the sides of the body below the erect and branching gills arranged along the edge of the dorsum. The oral veil has 3-4 unbranched tentacles on each side of the midline. A small species growing to about 15mm in length.

• Deshayes, G.P. (1853). Traité élémentaire de conchyliologie avec les applications de cette science à la geologie. (Explication des planches) pp. 55-60 (pls 88-90, 92, 93) Paris

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (October 28) Tritonia manicata Deshayes, 1853. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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