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Velutinids
Velutinids are prosobranch gastropods of the  family Velutinidae (sometimes referred to as the family Lamellariidae). They have a fully internal shell that is covered by the mantle which 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 velutinid addendum on this site

Hawaiian Velutinids on Marine Life Photography by Keoki & Yuko Stender

Kwajalein Velutinids by Scott Johnson
 

Okinawan velutinids by Robert Bolland

Australian velutinids by Denis Riek

Velutinids on Guam Marine Life by Dave Burdick
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