The length of the body may reach 11 mm; it is coloured greenish white, with the showing green or brownish through the translucent skin, especially within the , which are arranged in a latero- pattern of up to eight transverse rows. Each is smooth and rounded at the tip. The is - , just behind the head. The are inrolled.
This species lives and feeds upon the algae Codium tomentosum andBryopsis plumosa . All records of P. dendritica have come from shallow water, with rare captures on the lower shore.
Distributed in NW Europe from Norway to the Mediterranean Sea ( ), New England to the Caribbean Sea; Japan; Australia; California."
Marine Species of the North Sea: http://www.species-identification.org/species.php?species_group=mollusca&selected=beschrijving&menuentry=soorten&id=905
- North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
Southern California (Greene, 1970)
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.
Depth range (m): 8.5 - 31.2
Temperature range (°C): 24.091 - 24.091
Nitrate (umol/L): 0.154 - 0.154
Salinity (PPS): 35.464 - 35.464
Oxygen (ml/l): 4.932 - 4.932
Phosphate (umol/l): 0.115 - 0.115
Silicate (umol/l): 1.307 - 1.307
Depth range (m): 8.5 - 31.2
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Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Placida dendritica
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.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Placida dendritica
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
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Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2010. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 April 2010.
Like most sacoglossans, Placida dendritica feeds on coenocytic green algae. It is able to retain the chloroplasts for a short period, however the ingested plastids are not functional, and do not provide nutritional benefit to the animal.
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