Julia exquisita (Gould, 1862)

Julia exquisita is one of the sacoglossans with a bivalved shell.When the animal is retracted, you'd think you were looking at a small green or brown clam. Then the slug's head and foot come out and the animal crawls away like a typical snail. The tiny green specimen below was found on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle on 8 December 2008 at a depth of about 8m.

The bivalved nature of the shell is easy to see in the next photo.

The photo below was taken with a Dinolite digital microscope in a holding dish.

This species also comes in a brown form. This one crawled out of a sample of Caulerpa algae found on the eastern reefs lagoon side.

Created 10 December 2008
Updated 12 October 2015

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