Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Subclass Heterobranchia > Infraclass Opisthobranchia > Order Nudibranchia > Suborder Dexiarchia > Infraorder Aeolidida > Superfamily Aeolidioidea > Family Glaucidae > Genus Glaucus

Glaucus atlanticus Forster, 1777

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

GlaucusForster, 1777accepted genus name

Species group names

Doris radiata Gmelin, 1791 synonym
Glaucus distichoicus d'Orbigny, 1837 synonym
Glaucus flagellum Blumenblach, 1803 synonym
Glaucus hexapterigius Cuvier, 1805 synonym
Glaucus longicirrhus Reinhardt & Bergh, 1864 synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 English: sea swallow


original description

Forster G. 1777. A voyage round the world in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop, Resolution, commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the years 1772, 3, 4 and 5. London, B. White, J. Robson, P. Elmsly and and G. Robinson. Vol. 1, pp. i-xviii, 1-602; vol. 2, pp. 1-607.

additional source

Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. García. 2009. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579–699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.

additional source

Branch, G.M. et al. (2002). Two Oceans. 5th impression. David Philip, Cate Town & Johannesburg.

additional source

Spencer, H.G.; Marshall, B.A.; Maxwell, P.A.; Grant-Mackie, J.A.; Stilwell, J.D.; Willan, R.C.; Campbell, H.J.; Crampton, J.S.; Henderson, R.A.; Bradshaw, M.A.; Waterhouse, J.B.; Pojeta, J. Jr (2009). Phylum Mollusca: chitons, clams, tusk shells, snails, squids, and kin, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 161-254.


Valdés A. & Campillo O.A. (2004) Systematics of pelagic aeolid nudibranchs of the family Glaucidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda). Bulletin of Marine Science 75(3): 381–389.

status source

Churchill C.K.C., Alejandrino, A. Valdés, Á. & Ó Foighil, D. (2013). Parallel changes in genital morphology delineate cryptic diversification of plamktonik nudibranchs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20131224





External Links

GenBank (120 nucleotides; 60 proteins)
Barcode of Life (11 barcodes)
USNM Invertebrate Zoology Mollusca Collection
Biodiversity Heritage Library (82 publications)


Caballer, M.; Gofas, S. (2014). Glaucus atlanticus Forster, 1777. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:140022




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marine, not fresh, not terrestrial


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