Umbrella Shell (Umbraculum umbraculum)

Also known as Atlantic Umbrella Slug, Limpet, Mediterranean Umbraculum, Nudibranch, Umbrella Pleurobranch, Umbrella Sea Slug, Umbrella Sidegill, Umbrella Slug, Umbrella Snail

Description

Also known as Atlantic Umbrella Slug, Limpet, Mediterranean Umbraculum, Nudibranch, Umbrella Pleurobranch, Umbrella Sea Slug, Umbrella Sidegill, Umbrella Slug, Umbrella Snail.

Found singly or in pairs burrowing under rocks, over mud and sand bottoms of coral and rocky reefs. Their shells are often covered in algae and their colour varies. They lay a frilly egg mass which also varies in colour.
They feed on sponges.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 0-100m
Circumtropical

All opisthobranchs are hermaphrodites.
Umbraculidae is a false limpet.
The body is circular, with large pustules. Even when crawling the animal does not elongate and the position of the head can only be determined by the tubular rhinophoral tentacles which extend out from beneath the shell. Below these tentacles the body is split by a "mid-anterior cleft" in which the permanently protruded penis sits and the mouth opens. The radula is very broad with many small rasping teeth. Umbraculum umbraculum is a sponge feeder, and has been recorded on a number of different species of the Demospongia
Ref: http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/umbrumbr

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