A review of diets in the notaspidea (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia)

Willan R.C. (1984) A review of diets in the notaspidea (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia). Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia, 6 3-4: 125-142. doi:10.1080/00852988.1984.10673965

Author Willan R.C.
Title A review of diets in the notaspidea (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia)
Journal name Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia
ISSN 0085-2988
Publication date 1984-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00852988.1984.10673965
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 3-4
Start page 125
End page 142
Total pages 18
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1311 Genetics
1105 Dentistry
1900 Earth and Planetary Sciences
2300 Environmental Science
Abstract This paper reviews the scattered and often anecdotal literature on foods for the opisthobranch order Notaspidea. All Umbraculacea are sponge-feeders (accepting sponges of the class Demospongiae only). The Pleurabranchacea shows a diversity of diet: Berihella species eat sponges (Demospongiae); Berthellina species eat sponges (Demospongiae;? Calcarea) and cnidarians (Scleractinia — not previously reported;? Actiniaria); Pleurobranchus species eat ascidians; Pleurobranchaea (and apparently Pleurobranchella) species are opportunistic carnivores that accept a range of soft-bodied invertebrates (Cnidaria; Annelida; Mollusca). It appears that cnidarians (Actiniaria; Hydroida) are amongst the more preferred items in the diet of Pleurobranchaea species. The review is supplemented with observations on feeding of Berthellina citrina (RUppell & Leuckart) and Pleurobranchaea maculata (Quoy & Gaimard) made at Leigh, New Zealand.
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