Atys naucum (Linnaeus, 1758) [Bulla]

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Atys naucum is a common large inflated white bubble shell found in tropical waters. It is characterized by brownish edging to the tentaculate rear of the head shield, and by whitish edging to the rear of the parapodia. The mantle protrudes behind the shell, the anterior margin has alternating white and brown spots.
Here is a picture of a specimen fom Flores, Indonesia.
Similar specimens which differ by a magenta edging to the head shield and the parapodia were misidentified by Bill Rudman and posted on 15 April 2003 on these wesites as Atys naucum (Linnaeus, 1758), I changed them on 20 March 2016 into Atys sp. 03  Genus: Montfort, 1810.
All species of the genus Atys are herbivorous, related to Haminoea and Phanerophthalmus. At present most species are tropical and have heavy well-calcified shells. In most cases the true foot is short and the shell extends a considerable distance beyond its posterior end. It is possible when more of the many tropical species are studied that they will be placed in other genera.
More information on Atys naucum are on Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2021), published 1 March 2021, Atys naucum (Linnaeus, 1758)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Cephalaspidea/Atys_naucum.htm


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