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Glaucus atlanticus Blue Glaucus , Sea Swallow, Atlantic Glaucus


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lexID:
4723 
AphiaID:
140022 
Scientific:
Glaucus atlanticus 
German:
Blaue Ozeanschnecke, Seeschwalbe 
English:
Blue Glaucus , Sea Swallow, Atlantic Glaucus 
Category:
Nudibranchs 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Nudibranchia (Order) > Glaucidae (Family) > Glaucus (Genus) > atlanticus (Species) 
Initial determination:
Forster, 1777 
Occurrence:
Russland, Barbados, Aruba, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada , Chile, Circumglobal, Coral sea, Cuba, Gulf of California, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Jamaica, Mozambique, New Zealand, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific (Ocean), Panama, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, South Atlantic, South-Africa, South-Pazific, Tahiti, Tansania, Tasman Sea, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Archipelago, the Caribbean, the Kermadec Islands, the Mediterranean Sea, USA, Victoria (Australia), Vietnam 
Sea depth:
0 Meter 
Size:
1.18" - 3.15" (3cm - 8cm) 
Temperature:
71.6 °F - 78.8 °F (22°C - 26°C) 
Food:
Hydrozoa polyps, Jellyfish, Predatory 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2020-09-09 20:47:04 

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Glaucus atlanticus Forster, 1777

Distribution
Circumglobal in warm and tropical Seas and the Mediterranean Sea.

Biology
Open pelagic species, washed ashore after storms. This species hangs upside down on the surface film of the water, maintaining buoyancy by swallowing an air bubble.
Feeds on siphonophore, Physalia, Velella, and Porpita.
Live specimens frequently washed up on the beaches.

Synonymised names:
Doris radiata Gmelin, 1791 (synonym)
Glaucus distichoicus d'Orbigny, 1837
Glaucus flagellum Blumenblach, 1803 (synonym)
Glaucus hexapterigius Cuvier, 1805 (synonym)
Glaucus lineatus Reinhardt & Bergh, 1864
Glaucus longicirrhus Reinhardt & Bergh, 1864

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