NZ Mollusca

Elysia maoria Powell, 1937

Elysia maoria
In a sheltered rock pool, Far North, NZ, 12mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Heterobranchia - Placobranchidae - Elysia
Family: PLACOBRANCHIDAE
Size/Grows to: Length 26mm (animal)
Distribution: North Island. Also southern Australia [A.C.]
Notes: Shell absent. Lives on the green alga Codium adhaerens
Some known Localities
  • Rarawa, Far North, NZ
  • Takapuna Reef, Auckland, NZ, living on the pads of the green algae Codium adherens (holotype)
  • Rangitoto Island, Auckland, NZ
References:
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W. 2015: Intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from northern North Island, New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 50 (p.63)
  • Jensen, K.R. 1993: Sacoglossa (Mollusca, Opisthobranchia) from Rottnest Island and central Western Australia. Pp 208-215 in F.E. Wells, D.I. Walker, H. Kirkman & R. Lethbridge (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Flora and Fauna of Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, Perth (p.222)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.283)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.