Bornella anguilla
Johnson, 1984

Family: Bornellidae


Indo-West Pacific.


Scottburgh - 20m - south coast KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA. 21 May 2000. Size: 80mm. Photo of head. PHOTO: Valda Fraser

Relatively large species of Bornella, growing up to 80mm. It has a very characteristic mosaic-like colour pattern. Its name [anguilla = eel] refers to its method of swimming. while most species of Bornella can swim by a lateral flexion of their body, in B. anguilla a muscular wave travels down the body to produce an eel-like motion. it is reported by Johnson to feed on the hydroid Plumularia.

• Johnson, S. (1984) A new Indo-West pacific species of the dendronotacean nudibranch Bornella (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) with anguilliform swimming behaviour. Micronesica, 19(1): 17-26. [for 1983]

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (May 27) Bornella anguilla Johnson, 1984. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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