Elysia timida
Elysia timida - detail of head
Elysia timida
Small sized mollusc generally found in shallow water 0-14m depth. The body colour is a white with a dark green band on its sides and with plenty of red specks all over the body; the parapodia are coloured green internally. A pair of inrolled tentacles (rhinophores) is present. Parapodia are generally short and small but may meet over the body near the central area. No papillae are present on the parapodia.
Size range of specimens: up to 15mm ; found roaming on algae (green and brown) and bedrock apparently in search of its food (Acetabularia).
Specific characteristics: A very common species which is easily distinguished from other elysiids by its colour and habitat.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone
Marine species
Frontiers in Zoology
- an interesting article on the mating behaviour of Elysia timida
Encyclopedia of life
15mm Qajjenza <1m depth 2/5/92
(Lateral view showing also furrowed foot)
Elysia timida (Risso, 1818)
Detail of head
(Qajjenza <1m 16/2/93 size unrecorded)
12mm Qajjenza <1m depth 2/5/92
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