Limapontia senestra

Limapontia senestra  (Quatrefages, 1844)

Limapontia senestra 3,7mm by Ian Smith

Taxonomy:
 

Superdomain

Biota  

 

Kingdom

Animalia  

 

Phylum

Mollusca  

 

Class

Gastropoda  

 

Subclass

Heterobranchia  

 

Infraclass

Euthyneura  

 

Subterclass

Tectipleura  

 

Superorder

Sacoglossa  

 

Superfamily

Plakobranchoidea  

 

Family

Limapontiidae  

 

Genus

Limapontia  

 

Species

Limapontia senestra  (Quatrefages, 1844)

 
 Classification according to Bouchet et al. (2017)
Taxonomic source: World Register of Marine Species (AphiaID: 140231).
Synonyms

  • Actaeonia corrugata Alder & Hancock, 1848
  • Actaeonia senestra Quatrefages, 1844
  • Cenia cocksi Alder & Hancock, 1848
  • Limapontia cornuta Giard, 1873

Description
The slug-like body may reach 6 mm in length, with the body coloured marbled olive-brown to black with paler extremities (the short tail and the head tentacles). It could have a slightly wrinkled dorsum. The head bears a pair of finger-like tentacles, characteristic of L. senestra and absent in other species of Limapontia. Those tentacles may be absent in juvenile specimens (smaller than 2 mm). The anal and renal openings are located in the midline of the body, at about two thirds of the body length from the head.

Biology
It is commonly found feeding on filamentous algae of the genus Cladophora and Acrosiphonia. It may share habitat with Limapontia capitata.

Etymology

  • Limapontia, from Greek “Limax”, slug + “pontos”, of the sea.
  • Senestra, probably from old French “senestre”, from Latin “sinistra”, means left, perverse, weird, bad, adverse, hostile.

Distribution
From Orkney and Norway down to French Atlantic coast and North of Spain. Widespread around Britain and Ireland.

Known georeferenced records of the species: Limapontia senestra
Sources:
: OBIS
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: GBIF.ORG
: OPK
: VIMAR
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions

Abundance

    Western Mediterranean:
    Eastern Mediterranean:
    Atlantic Ocean:
This chart displays the observation probability for Limapontia senestra based on our own records.

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Cite this article as:

Pontes, Miquel, Manuel Ballesteros, Enric Madrenas (2012-2018) "Limapontia senestra" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 19/04/2016, Accessed: 18/02/2018 at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/p3BAA)

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