Ercolania viridis
Ercolania viridis
Ercolania viridis
Ercolania viridis - Aberrant
Ercolania viridis
Ercolania viridis
Ercolania viridis - spawn
Ercolania viridis - spawn
Ercolania viridis (A. Costa, 1866)
Small mollusc found in the intertidal zone on filamentous green algae together with 'Stiliger' sp.1. The body colour is pale cream colour with two green lines near the eyes running down along the cerata. Several whitish spots can be seen on the body, cerata and rhinophores; some specimens shown dark green pigmentation in several areas except the central dorsal area which is always pale. Cerata are pear shaped with a green internal colour, paler tips and covered with white and dark green spots over the surface. Rhinophores solid.
Size range of specimens: 1-5mm

Specific characteristics: Solid rhinophores separate this species from many sacoglossans and a pale dorsal area and the inflated cerata are sufficient to separate from the related 'Stiliger' sp.1.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone
Marine species
2-3mm Qajjenza <1m depth 22/8/93
3-4mm Qajjenza <1m depth 23/8/93
Size unrecorded Qajjenza <1m depth 8/3/95
4mm St.George's Bay, St.Julians <1m depth 25/9/93
Size unrecorded Birzebbugia <1m depth 6/3/95
3-4mm Qajjenza <1m depth 1/9/93
Spawn from different specimens
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