West Coast of Nth America [Alaska to San Diego, California]
Locality: Monterey, California, USA, Pacific Ocean. Depth: 30 feet. Length: 1.5 inches. 15 May 2005. Sand. Photographer: Michael Jimenez
Body dark brownish black with spots variously described as yellow, white or bluish. On the naterior edge of the head shield on each side there is often a prominent whitish transverse streak. The posterior end of the body is often sometimes edged in yellowish white. The anterior end of each parapodia is extended out as a short tentacle like projection, the posterior end of the head shield is rounded, and the posterior 'tails' are usually unequal in length, the left often extending into a long slender 'streamer'. features of its anatomy are described by Macfarland (1966) where it is misidentified as A. diomedea (= Melanochlamys diomedea ). Its anatomy hasbeen investigated by Rudman (1974) and Gosliner (1980). It grows to about 20 mm in length.
Bergh, L. S. R. (1893) Die Gruppe der Doridiiden. Mittheilungen aus der Zoologischen Station zu Neapel. Zugleich eim Repertorium fur Mittelmeerkunde, 6: 107-135.
Gosliner,TM (1980): Systematics and phylogeny of the Aglajidae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 68(4), 325-360.
MacFarland, F. M. (1966) Studies of Opisthobranchiate Mollusks of the Pacific coast of North America. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences 6: 1-546.
Rudman, W.B. (1974) A comparison of Chelidonura, Navanax and Aglaja with other genera of the Aglajidae (Opisthobranchia, Gastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 54(3): 185-212.
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (May 23) Aglaja ocelligera (Bergh 1893) . [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/aglaocel
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