Phyllaplysia smaragda   (Clark)


 
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Emerald Leafslug
(Phyllaplysia smaragda)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

USA: Florida

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: last seen 1982

 
This species was endemic to the Indian River lagoon in Florida, it was first discovered in the year 1970 and scientifically described seven years later.

The Emerald Leafslug inhabited meadows of Manatee Grass (Syringodium filiforme (Kuetz.)), where it fed on algae that grew on the leaves of this seagrass species.

The habitat in the typus locality of this slug species does not exist any longer, and the Emerald Leafslug, which was last recorded in the year 1982, is now considered most probably extinct.

 
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