California Aglaja

Navanax inermis

sea slug, dark brown with orange and turquoise racing stripes

Common Name: California Aglaja

Scientific Name: Navanax inermis

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Animalia, Mollusca, Gastropoda, Cephalaspidea, Aglajidae

Diet: Carnivorous, other seas slugs and snails (CA Bubble Snail)

Habitat: Rocky beaches, tidepools, mud flats

Range: Monterey Bay, California to Laguna Manuela, Mexico, and through the Gulf of Mexico

Identification: Dark coloration with yellow or white striping along the body and some blue spots

Reproduction: Hermaphrodite (has both female and male reproductive organs), eggs appear in summertime months and January, laid on eelgrass in a gelatinous mass.

Behavior: A predatory sea snail. Capable of using defensive strategies such as alarm pheromones - chemicals that can be sensed by other members of its species in order to communicate danger.

Citations:Johnson and Snook, 1927.Spinella, Aldo, et al. 1993.