Berthella ornata facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBerthella ornata
Pleurobranchus ornatus Cheeseman, 1878; Suter 1913 Bouvieria ornata Morton & Miller, 1968; Powell, 1979
This is a distinctive pleurobranch up to 70mm in length, the dorsal surface bearing reddish or brownish spots overlaying an opaque background that can vary from white to dark red or brown. A shell up to 20mm is hidden under the smooth mantle, which is white at the margin, the foot and gill are also white. The rhinophores are brown with white tips. B. ornata is slow moving and feeds on sponges at night, often emitting a milky fluid if disturbed. It is usually found hiding under boulders and stones during the day, with the head and rhinophores retracted under the mantle.
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