Atagema intecta (Kelaart, 1858)

Atagema intecta
Atagema intecta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 1 April 2007
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Atagema intecta
Atagema intecta
Photographer: 
Bob Edgar
Date: 
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
18m
Additional Notes: 

Colour variation shown here.

Atagema intecta
Atagema intecta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Distribution:

Locally common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout the tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia known from southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Found inter-tidally to a depth of 18 m on gravelly edges of reef. Feeds on sponges.

Additional Notes:

A medium sized dorid with a mantle studded with numerous compound pustules. Colour is variable from brown to black with an irregular mid-dorsal cream line (sometimes almost absent). There are usually microscopic white spots covering the mantle, gills and rhinophores. Grows to 80 mm.

References:

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.168.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/tripinte. Accessed 16/07/18.