Flabellina macassarana

Bergh, 1905

Flabellina macassarana
Photographed by: Jeffrey de Guzman

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

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #10970
This aeolid nudibranch is characterised by its slender and lamellate rhinophores, by the pinkish to lilac translucent body, and by the dark orange ceratal tips. Flabellina bicolor is a similar species, but smaller and the orange rings on the cerata subapical.

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Pictures of Flabellina macassarana

Flabellina macassarana from Hatsushima Island, JapanIdentification reviewed by Terry Gosliner
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Similar Species

Author: Richard Willan

Flabellina exoptata. Its consistent characters are the vivid orange rhinophores with numerous papillae on the posterior side and the central purple (or bluish violet) ring on the cerata.

Flabellina rubrolineata also has papillae on its rhinophores, but it has 3 longitudinal stripes on its body.

Flabellina delicata also has papillae on its rhinophores, but it has a purplish body and oral tentacles, and the tips of the cerata are dark purple.

Flabellina macassarana has lamellate rhinophores (i.e., numerous plate-like folds). It has a translucent pinkish to purplish white body, and the tips of the cerata are burnt orange.

Flabellina exoptata from Lembeh, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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