Spanish Shawl Facts
- Believe it or not, the often brilliantly colored creature known as the Spanish Shawl actually represents another type of sea slug.
- This completely visually stunning animal also possesses a moderately restricted range of habitation for a sea creature.
- So, rather unlike most creatures, this little beauty also actually evolved as entirely hermaphroditic in its nature.
- Finally, it also appears to have a stable population for the moment. Therefore, the IUCN presently has no listing for it.
Spanish Shawl Physical Description
With no discernible sexual dimorphism, both genders also present brilliant combinations of several colors across the body.
These also typically include a body that appears colored a rather brilliant purple, bright neon orange cerata, and usually scarlet colored rhinophores.
Species: F. iodinea
Spanish Shawl Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The rather breathtaking Spanish Shawl also appears to primarily inhabit the region along the west coast of North America.
Surprisingly, this beautiful creature also prefers to inhabit regions of relatively shallow water, typically near shore.
Hence, individuals occur from intertidal areas to depths of as much as 130 ft (39.6 m). However, most prefer shallower depths.
While the species did rather surprisingly evolve as fully hermaphroditic, self-fertilization rarely happens.