Bullina vitrea    Pease, 1860

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This species has been observed on Reunion Island

Unassigned Heterobranchia
Superfamily : Acteonoidea
Family : Bullinidae
Distribution : New South Wales, Australia, New Caledonia, Japan, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius
Maximal size : 15 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The shell is characterised by two grey or black spiral bands on the shell, the upper band usually consisting of two lines, the lower band being a single band.

The animal is translucent clear with some white pigmentation.

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Photo Christophe Cadet
Réunion, Etang salé les bains, on the rocky coast, less 1m, 29 December 2011, size : 8-10 mm

See more about : Sightening and mating periods

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Raymond Huet
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
           - Perbullina errans, Iredale, 1926
           - Bullina roseana, Rudman, 1971

Bibliographic data :

Originally described from Hawaii, specimens from northern New South Wales, Australia, and New Caledonia are in the collections of the Australian Museum. Sub-fossil specimens, most probably of this species, from Sydney Harbour, were described by Iredale (1929) as Perbullina errans.
    Specimens observed in Mauritius and Madagascar

References :

Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Bullina vitrea
   Collection Maurice Jay (Vieocéane) Bullinidae

Publications :

Pease, W.H., (1860). Descriptions of new species of mollusca from the Sandwich Islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 28 : 18-37.
    Rudman, W.B. (1971) The genus Bullina (Opisthobranchia, Gastropoda) in New Zealand. J. Mal. Soc. Aust. 2(2) : 195-203
    Rudman, W.B. (1972) Studies on the primitive opisthobranch genera Bullina Ferussac and Micromelo Pilsbry. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 51(2) : 105-19, 8 figs

Other photos of Bullina vitrea :


Christophe Cadet

Réunion, Etang salé on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 12 November 2012, size : 10 mm



Maurice Jay


Réunion, (ref : 819)

Thin, wide , globose , spire very short and flattened.

Creamy white on the body with two brown spiral lines, single or double. Turn pink.

Living in the sand of 2 to 3 m . Rare.

Shell size : 7,5 mm.






Seb Vasquez

Réunion, Saint Leu, 10 January 2015


During the night


A mating behavior.

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