Heterobranch sea slugs from Blanes (Costa Brava, NE Spain)

Blanes, Girona, Spain

The coast of Blanes represents the southern entrance to the famous Catalan Costa Brava, a rugged, steep and very jagged rocky coast, with numerous inlets with beaches of coarse sand and which meanders for just over 200 km up to the French border. Its extraordinary submerged fauna and flora have attracted numerous SCUBA divers from all over the world for decades. Sea slugs in a broad sense (formerly “opisthobranchs”) from the Blanes coast have been studied for more than 40 years by researchers of the University of Barcelona. In this work we present a compilation of the biodiversity of sea slugs cited in the coast of Blanes and observed or collected since 1976 to the present day.

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