Aeolidia papillosa
(Linnaeus, 1761)

Family: Aeolidiidae


Common on the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America and the Pacific coast of North America. Records apparently of this species from both west and east coasts of South America.


Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, United Kingdom, May, 1992. on laminarian algae, sublittoral fringe. PHOTO: Daniel Geiger


Biology of Aeolidia papillosa - References

This large aeolid grows to about 120mm in length and its body is covered with close obliquely arranged rows of flattened cerata. Its size and relative abundance have made it a popular research animal with many studies on aspects of its biology, natural history and ecology. It appears to feed almost exclusively on sea anemones.

See Page 2.

• Thompson, T.E. & Brown, G.H. (1984) Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs, Vol 2. Ray Society: London.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (August 8) Aeolidia papillosa (Linnaeus, 1761). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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