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  • Shaun Sabey's MBI Stats
    Approved Reports: 61
    Points: 2240 pnts
    Award Level:  Expert Breeder
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    Total Posts: 299
    MBI Join Date: 12/5/2010 9:48:35 PM
    Last Login: 9/21/2018 1:37:11 AM
    Location: American Fork, UT
    MBI Site: Wasatch Marine Aquarium Society Forums
  • Species Data
    Species: Berghia verrucicornis (most likely Aeolidiella stephanieae)
    Class: A
    Synonyms: Aeolidiella stephanieae, Berghia verrucicornis, Eolidia coerulescens
    Environment: Demersal; depth range 1 - 1 m (Ref. 3446 )
    Size/Weight/Age: Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3446 )
    Distribution: Known only from the Florida Keys region, Florida, USA. but widespread in Nth American aquarium trade.
    Description: The animal is translucent with most of the dorsal surface obscured by an opaque white patch which runs from the front of the head back between the oral tentacles before narrowing to pass beween the rhinophores before broadening again to fill the space between the ceratal clusters. From the photographs I have seen it seems that the white pigmentation also runs down each side of the body as well, but leaves a space around each ceratal cluster. The foor appears translucent but there is a white line along the leading edge of the tentacular anterior foot corners. The basal third of the oral tentacles and rhinophores is translucent clear while the upper two-thirds is opaque white.The lower two-thirds of each ceras appears translucent clear with the brownish digestive gland showing through. The upper third of each ceras ihas some whirte pigmentation. The colour of the ceratal digestive gland depends on the state of the digestive cycle, as the colour results from the presence of zooxanthellae which are symbionts of the anemones that Aeolidiella feeds on. The oral tentacles are smooth, while the rhinophores bear a few (5-6) obscure lamellae. The cerata are slightly flattened in shape and arranged in four clusters down each side. Withiin the clusters (or groups) the cerata are arranged in vertical rows.
    Biology: The one in the trade is actually Aeolidiella stephanieae rather than Berghia verrucicornis. We are just keeping this species name for a while because it is the most widespread. Check this link: http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6472
    Data Sheet: http://www.seaslugforum.net/showall/aeolstep
    WoRMS: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxlist&tName=Berghia verrucicornis (most likely Aeolidiella stephanieae)
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