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Scientific name: Madrella sanguinea
Common name: Bloody Madrella
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Mollusca Not Defined Gastropoda Heterobranchia Nudibranchia Arminina Madrellidae Not defined Madrella Madrella sanguinea



Short Description:

Body shape slug-like with gill structures visible as multiple projections along the sides body
A small nudibranch with a redish colour but the background colour of this nudibranch matches the bryozoan colonies on which they feed
Deeper-water specimens tend to be paler in colour.

Identification
features:
Size: 20 mm
Behaviour: These animals have processes that contain a viscous pigment created from their encrusting bryozoan food. It is stored and discharged for defensive purposes
Diet:

Bryozoans

Depth: 25 m
Distribution: Known to occur in the waters of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania and now found in Port Elizabeth
Habitat: Temperate rocky reefs
Reference:
  •  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/ 
  • Reeflex
    http://www.reeflex.net/tiere/5495_Madrella_sanguinea.htm
 
Simmilar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Vaughn Van Dyk-(Port Elizabeth) 2015-03-01 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 15 15 mm 19m Olympus TG03 photo
Vaughn Van Dyk-(Port Elizabeth) 2015-03-01 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Crossroads 15 15 mm 19m Olympus TG03 photo
 
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