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Velutinids
Velutinids are prosobranch gastropods of the  family Velutinidae (sometimes referred to as the family Lamellariidae). Known Hawaiian species have a fully internal shell covered by the mantle (some species from elsewhere have external shells). The mantle is often elaborately colored or ornamented. They are frequently mistaken for dorid nudibranchs. They may be distinguished by their cephalic tentacles that emerge from beneath the mantle and by the bulbous eye spots at the bases of those tentacles. They feed on colonial tunicates.

A few of the species most frequently mistaken for sea slugs:
Lamellaria sp. #2
Lamellaria sp. #2
CP: Airport Beach, Maui;
Aug. 7, 2002
Lamellaria(?) sp. #10
Lamellaria(?) sp. #10
CP: Kahului Harbor, Maui;
 April 8, 2010
Marseniopsis sp. #1
Marseniopsis sp. #1 (red)
CP: Maalaea Bay, Maui;
Oct. 22, 2007
Marseniopsis sp. #1
Marseniopsis sp. #1 (yellow)
CP: Napili Bay, Maui;
 Sept. 12, 1998
Lamellaria sp. #1
Lamellaria sp #1
CP: Kapalua Bay, Maui;
April 17, 2009
Coriocella nigra
Coriocella nigra
CP: Kapalua Bay, Maui;
May 22,  2008
For more information see:
 
The prosobranch addendum for Velutinidae on this site
 
Hawaiian velutinids on Marine Life Photography by Keoki & Yuko Stender
 
Kwajalein velutinids by Scott & Jeanette Johnson
 
Okinawan velutinids by Robert Bolland
 
Australian velutinids by Denis Riek
 
Velutinids on Guam Marine Life by Dave Burdick

Velutinids on the Sea Slug Forum by Bill Rudman
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