Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

The animal is usually a translucent green color with a black parapodial margin and a submarginal yellow or orange band. There are black tips on the rhinophores. There are also numerous black and white dots all over the body. It reaches 37 mm in length (Valdés et al., Caribbean Sea Slugs, 2006).

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Distribution

The type locality is the West Indies, and range is the Caribbean. All Indo-Pacific species currently termed "ornata" are a complex of cryptic species in the Elysia marginata complex (Krug et al., in press). See "cf. marginata" pages for provisional descriptions, photographic vouchers and links to DNA barcodes of species in the ornata-marginata complex.

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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Description

Pale or olive green body, up to 5 cm long, with black and white speckles and a black and orange edging to the parapodia, usually repeated at the tips of the rhinophores, sometimes separated by a white line. Feeds on the green algae Bryopsis. Habitat: rock pools and shallow sublittoral where green algae occur. Distribution: pantropical; tropical Indo-Pacific in Kalk (1958).
  • 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.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 7 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 2 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 2 - 9
  Temperature range (°C): 24.146 - 24.146
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.166 - 0.166
  Salinity (PPS): 35.418 - 35.418
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.889 - 4.889
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.142 - 0.142
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.345 - 1.345

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 2 - 9
 
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Dispersal

Larval development is planktotrophic.

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Associations

Found feeding on Bryopsis plumosa (Jensen, 1981).

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Elysia ornata

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 2 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

ACTTTATACTTAATTTTTGGTATATGGTGTGGACTAGTTGGTACTGGCCTT---AGTTTACTAATTCGTTTTGAATTAGGGACTTCCGGTGCTTTTCTAGGTGAT---GATCATTTTTATAATGTAATTGTTACAGCTCATGCTTTCGTGATAATTTTTTTTATAGTAATGCCTCTTATAATTGGAGGATTTGGCAATTGAATAGTTCCAATTCTT---ATTGGGGCTCCTGATATAAGTTTCCCTCGTATAAACAATATAAGGTTTTGATTACTGCCTCCGTCTTTTATTTTTCTTCTGTGTTCAAGTCTCGTAGAAGGAGGTGCTGGTACTGGATGAACAGTATACCCTCCTCTAAGGGGACCTATTGGTCATGGAGGTGCTTCCGTAGACTTG---GCAATTTTTTCACTGCACTTAGCAGGGATGTCATCTATTCTAGGTGCGGTAAACTTTATTACTACGATTTTTAATATACGCTCTCCTGGCATAAGAATGGAACGATTAAGTCTATTCGTATGATCAGTTCTGGTAACTGCTTTCTTATTACTCTTATCACTCCCTGTATTAGCAGGA---GCTATTACTATACTACTTACAGACCGTAATTTTAATACTAGTTTCTTTGATCCTGCTGGGGGAGGAGATCCTATCTTATACCAACATTTA
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Elysia ornata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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