Rahul Sharma

Ancula gibbosa

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Gastropoda
Family  Goniodorididae
Scientific name  Ancula gibbosa
Phylum  Mollusca
Superfamily  Onchidoridoidea
Genus  Ancula
Rank  Species
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Similar  Ancula, Onchidoris, Onchidoris muricata, Cadlina laevis, Polycera quadrilineata

Ancula gibbosa


Ancula gibbosa, common name Atlantic ancula, is a species of dorid nudibranch. It is a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Goniodorididae.

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Distribution

This species was described from the Mediterranean Sea at Nice, France. It has a wide distribution from there along the Atlantic coast to Norway, Greenland, Iceland and across to New England on the coast of North America. Ancula pacifica apparently has a number of colour varieties which closely approach this species and is currently believed to be a synonym.

Description

This goniodorid nudibranch has a translucent white body with yellow or white tipped processes.

Ecology

Ancula gibbosa feeds on Ectoprocta. It has been reported to possibly feed on a variety of sessile organisms, but these are just the substratum to which the ectoprocts are attached.

References

Ancula gibbosa Wikipedia


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