Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

 Janolus cristatus is a semi-transparent nudibranch growing to at least 7.5 cm. The body is oval and flattened. There are numerous swollen cerata, each with a central thin dark thread of digestive gland. The cerata tips contain an irridescent bluish-white pigment. Similar patches of pigment are found on the back, between the cerata and in the head region. The lamellate rhinophores are especially large and conspicuous, non-retractile and without sheaths. A coarsely ridged, sensory cocks comb-like structure called a caruncle lies between the rhinophores, which is unique to Janolus species.Spawning has been recorded from April to September and in December (Thompson & Brown, 1984). The egg-mass contains a series of bead-like white or pale pink ovoids, each being a capsule containing up tp 250 separate individual spherical eggs (ova). The spawn is wound in a wavy circle pattern (Thompson & Brown, 1984).
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Description

A semi-transparent nudibranch with numerous swollen cerata, each with a thin dark thread of digestive gland running through the centre. The tips of the cerata are coloured with an iridescent bluish-white pigment, and similar pigment patches are found on the back, between the cerata and in the head region. The rhinophores have lamellae set at an angle, giving the appearance of spiral grooves. Between them is a cockscomb-like structure called a caruncle which is unique to Janolus species. A large species, growing to at least 75mm.
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Distribution

A common species in moderate depths around most of the British Isles. Recorded from Norway to the Mediterranean.
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 122 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 7 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0 - 41
  Temperature range (°C): 10.422 - 11.721
  Nitrate (umol/L): 4.909 - 7.251
  Salinity (PPS): 34.243 - 35.333
  Oxygen (ml/l): 6.095 - 6.218
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.399 - 0.598
  Silicate (umol/l): 2.311 - 4.820

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Depth range (m): 0 - 41

Temperature range (°C): 10.422 - 11.721

Nitrate (umol/L): 4.909 - 7.251

Salinity (PPS): 34.243 - 35.333

Oxygen (ml/l): 6.095 - 6.218

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.399 - 0.598

Silicate (umol/l): 2.311 - 4.820
 
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 Janolus cristatus lives in shallow sublittoral conditions, especially on sheltered rocky coasts. They feed on erect tufted bryozoans such as Bugula and Cellaria species.
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Found in shallow sublittoral conditions, especially on sheltered rockfaces. It feeds on erect Bryozoans, especially Bugula species. The spawn consists of a white or pale pink string wound in a wavy circle pattern, usually on the food. The eggs are in packets with clear patches between them, giving a beaded appearance to the spawn.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Janolus cristatus

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