Mediterranean, and nearby Atlantic coast (Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Angola).
Bay of Algeciras, Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain at 25 metres. Associated with Veretillum cynomorium. La Seca Reef, Sandy bottom, 30 mm long. Photo: Alma Sánchez.
Grows to approx 130mm long. Body yellow orange with opaque white rounded and conical tubercles. It burrows in the sand during the day, emerging at night to feed on the pennatulacean 'Sea Pen' Veretillum cynomorium.
• Rafinesque, C.S. (1814). Précis des dé couvertes somiologiques ou zoologiques et botaniques. Palermo, p. 30
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (April 29) Armina maculata Rafinesque, 1814. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/armimacu
May 2, 2001
From: Juan Lucas Cervera
Concerning your questions about Armina maculata. Yes Veretillum cynomorium is a pennatulacean (Sea Pen) on which it feeds at night, spending the day buried in the sand.
firstname.lastname@example.orgCervera, J.L., 2001 (May 2) Re: Armina maculata from Southern Spain. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4270
April 30, 2001
From: Alma Sánchez
Dear Dr. Rudman,
Here is a photo of Armina maculata Rafinesque, 1814. This specimen was collected in July, 2000 at the Bay of Algeciras (Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain) at 25 metres in depth associated with Veretillum cynomorium.
Place: La Seca Reef, zone : Z3 (Sandy bottom), Size: 30 mm in length.
email@example.comSánchez, A., 2001 (Apr 30) Armina maculata from Southern Spain. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4234
Thanks for the photo of Armina maculata. I don't know anything about this species. Is it like species of Armina that I am more familar with that burrow in the sand during the day and emerge at night to feed on their pennatulacean prey? I guess Veretillum cynomorium is a pennatulacean 'sea pen' that it feeds on?