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Alcyonidium gelatinosum

(Linnaeus, 1761)

David Fenwick Snr Can anyone explain what's going on here with this sea slug egg. Elysia viridis and Facelina auriculata were on the rock and the egg was similar to others with E. viridis. It's the orange dotted transparent area at the 11 o'clock position that I'm interested in, seems strange for it to have come from an Elysia.

David Fenwick Snr It's almost as if a small Limacia clavigera was caught on the egg as the tide went out but it seems too transparent for that.

David Kipling Semi-transparent blob with yellow dots ... if it's a nudi, how about one of the Polyceras or Ancula gibbosa? Not sure if you get them that shallow.

David Fenwick Snr Yes both recorded shallow here so very possible.

Christian Skauge Colorwise it looks like it could be an Onchidoris luteocincta :-)

David Kipling I see what you mean - there's a little red mark. Is this part of the animal David (as opposed to being underneath or a bit of stray red weed)?

David Fenwick Snr The redness appears to be part of the animal but I cannot be sure; the spotting is on the surface the red below. The surface of the animal appears to be finely granular. Will add another image.

David Kipling Ancula is found close to Bottrylus ascidians according to habitas, so would be right for the sort of things you get under rocks. It also has a circular spawn by the look of it from Bernard's picture. Perhaps those are actually its eggs? http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/photo.asp?item=bep2_3285

David Fenwick Snr There wasn't a lot about on the habitat yesterday, pretty low diversity, the reason I kept an eye open for slugs was that there was quite a bit of Alcyonidium gelatinosum about and I found the Elysia and Facelina soon after discovering it. Just a pity I didn't actually see the small slug on the egg mass to get it in water to photograph. Yes ascidians about but no large masses of them seen. So could we be dealing with a spent slug after it has laid?

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 12 Feb 2013
Rachel Shucksmith Bryo (i think) from a cave in Papa Stour, Shetland. Not sure what it is.

Joanne Porter Alcyonidium gelatinosum. I studied that for my phd a long time ago. Happy days.

Rachel Shucksmith thank you, see it in the book now. cheers

Message posted on NE Atlantic Bryozoa on 12 Oct 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Bryozoa (Phylum)
    Gymnolaemata (Class)
      Ctenostomatida (Order)
        Alcyonidiidae (Family)
          Alcyonidium (Genus)
            Alcyonidium gelatinosum (Species)
Associated Species