Flabellina ischitana

Hirano & Thompson, 1990

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Flabellina ischitana from Gozo, Malta
Identification verified by Richard Willan
 

Identification is verified by Richard Willan, Nudi Pixel expert

Comment from Richard Willan: This aeolid is one of several European species of the family Flabellinidae characterized by having the cerata arising in clusters from common stalks, as can be seen very nicely in this photo - the genus Coryphella used to cover such species. Flabellina ischitana itself is specifically characterized by lacking any violet coloration on the surface of the cerata so that the internal digestive diverticulum can be seen throughout its length. In the very similar species, Flabellina affinis, there is an opaque violet zone immediately below the cnidosac at the tip of each ceras that obscures the digestive diverticulum.
 

Thanks to Marli Wakeling for suggesting identification for this species

Location:Gozo, Malta
Photographer:Ada Nillesen
Camera:Canon Digital IXUS 400View EXIF properties
Taken on:August 27, 2008
Viewed:1993 times
Posted:8 years ago
Updated:8 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Aeolidina
Family:Flabellinidae
Species:Flabellina ischitana