Clio cuspidata

Clio cuspidata (Bosc, 1802)

Clio cuspidata with hydroids by Cheryl Clarke UAF-CMarZ
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Class: Gastropoda Cuvier, 1797 
Subclass: Heterobranchia J.E. Gray, 1840 
Clade: Euthyneura Spengel, 1881 
Clade: Euopisthobranchia Jörger et al., 2010 
Clade: Thecosomata de Blainville, 1823 
Suborder: Euthecosomata Meisenheimer, 1905
Superfamily: Cavolinioidea Gray, 1850 (1815)
Family: Cavoliniidae H. and A. Adams, 1854 
Subfamily: Clioinae  Jeffreys, 1869
Genus: Clio Linnaeus, 1767
Species: Clio cuspidata (Bosc, 1802)


  • Cleodora lessonii Rang & de Férussac, 1830 
  • Clio (Bellardiclio) cuspidata (Bosc, 1802)
  • Clio quadrispinosa Lesson, 1831
  • Euclio cuspidata (Bosc, 1802)
  • Hyalaea cuspidata Bosc, 1802 (original)
  • Hyalaea tricuspidata Bowdich, 1820




  • Clio. From Greek “kleios” Glory, also a sea nymph. 
  • Cuspidata. Latin “Cuspidata” means “with hard pricks”.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Clio cuspidata (z-200).
: GROC 2010-2011 : VIMAR
: Enric Madrenas : Manuel Ballesteros.
: João Pedro Silva : M@re Nostrum
: Bernard Picton : Other sources
: GBIF.ORG : Marine Regions

References for the species: Clio cuspidata

    Portugal: Hidalgo (1917, as Cleodora), McAndrew (1850, in Nobre 1938-40, as Cleodora). Gibraltar: Vives, Santamaría and Trepat (1975, as Euclio). Andalucía (Med.): Rampal (1968, as Euclio), Peñas et al. (in press). Levante: Hidalgo (1917). Canarias: Lozano-Soldevilla and Hernández (1991), Ortea et al. (2001), Moro et al. (2003).

    Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.


        Western Mediterranean:0 Stars
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Bibliography based on the works by Steve Long, 2006. Bibliography of Opisthobranchia 1554-2000 and Gary McDonald, 2009. Bibliographia Nudibranchia, with later updates from other resources.

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Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes et al. (2012-2017) "Clio cuspidata" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 13/03/2013, Accessed: 22/09/2017 at (

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