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Description

 A beautiful and delicate species of sea slug with a single row of bushy, branched appendages down each side of the body and across the front of the head. It can grow up to 38 mm in length and is pale pinkish-brown in colour with white spots scattered down the body and a white centre line along the back. The head bears a pair of greatly enlarged curved oral tentacles.
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Description

A peculiar-looking nudibranch with a single row of bushy, branched appendages down each side of the body and across the front of the head. It has large propodial tentacles at the front of the foot. The overall colour is pale pinkish-brown with white spots scattered down the body and a white centreline along the back. The erect rhinophores are smooth and finger-like, with white tips. Up to 40mm in length.
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Distribution

A scarce species, most recent records are from the west coast of Scotland, near Oban. A specimen was recently found with the deep water coral Lophelia from the continental slope of the Rockall Trough, indicating a considerable depth range.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 32.6

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Depth range (m): 0 - 32.6
 
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 Found on wrecks and muddy sand habitats with scattered shell and rocks. Has a considerable depth range.
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The food is uncertain, though animals have been found associated with various hydroids including Nemertesia ramosa. Recent diving observations are from wrecks and muddy sand habitats with scattered shell and rocks.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hero formosa

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
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