NZ Mollusca

Glaucilla bennettae (Churchill, Valdés & Ó Foighil, 2014)

Glaucilla bennettae
A pelagic species, occasionally washing up on northern beaches. Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ, Approx. 20mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Heterobranchia - Nudibranchia - Glaucidae - Glaucilla
Distribution: Pelagic. Tropical Indo-Western Pacific. Recently recorded from the Far North, NZ [A.]
Notes: The cerata grow in multiple rows from each extension arch, while similar Glaucus atlanticus has cerata arranged in a single row around each arch. The foot of bennettae is uniformly dark blue, while that of atlanticus has a silver stripe down the middle. The tail of atlanticus is much longer too
Some known Localities
  • Tapotupotu Bay, estuary, Far North, NZ
  • Rarawa Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ

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