Olive's Aeolid

Anteaeolidiella oliviae

Summary 7

A very characteristic slug more common in Southern California. The combination of orange rhinophores, orange cerata, and white oral tentacles sets this nudibranch apart from all other local aeolids. Formerly known as Aeolidiella oliviae.

Description 8

The body of Anteaeolidiella oliviae is translucent white with cream coloration on the back. There is sometimes an orange blotch on the head and another over the pericardium. The rhinophores have diagonal lamellae and are bright orange with white tips. The oral tentacles are mostly bright opaque white. The cerata are orange with white tips. Maximum size about 20 mm.

Distribution 8

This species was described from specimens collected at San Diego, California. Its distribution is apparently confined to California.

Ecology 8

This species feeds on sea anemones. It is probably mostly nocturnal in its habits.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Robin Gwen Agarwal, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Robin Gwen Agarwal
  2. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/19249672493/
  3. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18024068@N00/5754850281
  4. (c) matt knoth, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18158503@N00/421612337
  5. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/23207801016/
  6. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18024068@N00/4400903354
  7. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  8. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anteaeolidiella_oliviae

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Color orange, white