E. ornata's body is a translucent leaf-green in color with speckles of white and black. The parapodial margin is black with a yellow or orange submarginal band. The green rhinophores are usually black-tipped, but can also have orange bands. It is also known as Ornate Leaf Slug. They feed on green algae (Bryopsis sp.), and reaches a length of 5cm.
Found in shallow patches of sand and rubble areas. This is a circumtropical species.
Spotted this attractive sea slug at a depth of less than 10m, off the coast of Paradise Island Beach Resort, Samal Island, Philippines. When it was crawling on the sand, it measured roughly 5cm long. It seems to me that this individual is atypical of E. ornata: (1) the rhinophores are tipped with orange, not black; (2) the white on its parapodia aren't spots but are more like smudges.
Lat: 7.10, Long: 125.66
Spotted on Feb 28, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012
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