Width to 25 cm. Bell surface with fine warts. Four separate mouth-arms, up to 50 cm long, with frilled edges. Bell divided into eight sections (octants); each octant with two notched, tongue-shaped lappets, three main tentacles and a minor one either side (thus five, hence the species name). Bell colour varies from transparent to bluish, pink, yellow or brown, maybe reddish streaked radially. Under-bell may be white; mouth arms pink to yellow with red speckles. Habitat: coastal. Distribution: Indo-Pacific, also Atlantic (Richmond, 1997).
- Richmond, M. (Ed.) (1997). A guide to the seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean islands. Sida/Department for Research Cooperation, SAREC: Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 91-630-4594-X. 448 pp. http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=sourcedetails&id=6066