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Cliopsidae

The Cliopsidae, common name sea angels, are a taxonomic family of small, free-swimming sea slugs, pelagic marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusks in the order Opisthobranchia.

As is the case in all gymnosome pteropods, these sea angels lack a shell except during an early embryonic stage.

The small lateral wing-like flaps (parapoda) are used in a slow swimming mode. The foot is reduced to three small median lobes.

Genera and species [edit]

Genera and species within the family Cliopsidae include:

Genus Cliopsis Troschel, 1854

Genus Pruvotella

References [edit]

  1. ^ Troschel, Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Pteropoden, Archiv f. Naturgesch., Jáhrg. xx. p. 222, p1. x. figs. 2-4.
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