Elysia ornata (Ornate sapsucking slug)


The ornate sapsucking slug, Elysia ornata can be found in different shades of white and green colors and highly variable markings, but they commonly share a thin black parapodial outline with a wider orange margin just below, and black and/or white speckling.


Unassessed by the IUCN, but considering the fact that the species is circumtropical, they can be considered fairly common.


Elysia ornata can be found in the subtropical regions of the entire Indo-Pacific and Western Atlantic. They are often seen among the algae and weeds covering the bottom, in a depth range of 0-18 meters.



Up to 5 cm.

Prey / Predation

Ornate sapsucking slugs feed on ground-covering algae such as Codium sp.

Special features

Due to their limited size and body color, they are not easily seen unless you know where to look. During the day they can appear in larger aggregations.