Lomanotus vermiformis
Eliot, 1908

Family: Lomanotidae


Tropical Indo-West Pacific


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In the genus Lomanotus the edge of the mantle is developed into a sinuous ridge on each side of the body. along this ridge are short pointed cerata. Lomanotus vermiformis, as its name suggests, is particular elongate. It is always found on its food, the aglaopheniid hydroid Lytocarpus philippinus, on which it is particularly well camouflaged. It clings tightly to the hydroid with its narrow grooved foot and a very sticky mucous secretion. It thrashes wildly with lateral body flexions when removed from the hydroid. It seldom grows larger than 25mm.

• Eliot, C.N.E. (1908) Reports on the marine biology of the Sudanese Red Sea XI. Notes on a collection of nudibranchs from the Red Sea. Journal of the Linnean Society. Zoology, 31: 86-122.
• Willan, R.C. (1988) The taxonomy of two host-specific, cryptic dendronotoid nudibranch species from Australia, including a new species description. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 94: 39-63.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (August 12) Lomanotus vermiformis Eliot, 1908. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/lomaverm

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