Elysia gordanae
Thompson & Jaklin, 1988

Superfamily: ELYSIOIDEA
Family: Elysiidae


Mediterranean - previously described from the Adriatic. Reported here from Spain.


Cala Joncols, [divesite "La Caverna"], Spain, Mediterranean Sea. Depth: 14m depth. 9mm long, April 23, 2000. Photo: Erwin Koehler

Pale yellow-green with a sprinkling of brilliant red superficial specks, most abundant in pinkish areas of the head, pericardium, rhinophores and parapodia. There is a dark green line and white "pustules" (thickened spots) along the parapodial margins. It has a distinctive egg mass, with white eggs and orange extra-capsular yolk. Grows to 10-17mm long.

• Thompson, T.E. & Jaklin, A. (1988) Eastern Mediterranean Opisthobranchia: Elysiidae (Sacoglossa = Ascoglossa). Journal of Molluscan Studies, 54: 59-69.
• Marin, A. & Ros, J. (1988) Los Sacoglosos (Mollusca, Opisthobranchia) del Sudeste Ibérico. Catálogo de las especies y presencia de cloroplastos algales en las mismas. Iberus, 8(1): 25-49.
• Cervera, J.L. & Lopez-Gonzalez, P.J. (1996) New records of two uncommon sacoglossans (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) from the coasts of the Iberian Peninsula. The Veliger, 39(1): 93-95.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (April 8) Elysia gordanae Thompson & Jaklin, 1988. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/elysgord

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