Grey side-gilled slug

Pleurobranchaea maculata Quoy & Gaimard, 1832

This shell less spongey textured sea slug has a grey or creamish to brownish body with overlaid interconnected line paterns. The head is broad and shield like and features two erect antennae on top.

This species of slug appears to be an aggresive feeder with some research showing one animal ate 100 anemones in 3 and a half days.

There may be more than the one species across Australia that are all being named under this one name it seems more work needs to be conducted on this species

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What habitats does Pleurobranchaea maculata live in?

Rocky shores, seagrass-beds and weedy sediment low on the shore and in the sublittoral zone and out to depths of 250m

What is the distribution of Pleurobranchaea maculata?

Australia and New Zealand

How big does Pleurobranchaea maculata grow?

Grows up to 10 cm

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