Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Chelidonura fulvipunctata Baba, 1938
Medium sized animal, found in shallow water (<5m) amongst algae, close to areas with sand. Two specimens were found in which the colouration is very different but consistent with observations by other authors. Cepahalic shield is velvety black in colour with white gold to orange spots on surface in one specimen and evenly rust brown in another; a white 'W' is present at the anterior edge with a white spot at the anterior edge. The parapodia are similarly coloured without white pigmentation and the underside of the mollusc (foot) is similar. The mantle has a thin white line at the posterior edge with a long flagellum on the left and a very short flagellum on the right side. The anterior part of this cephalaspidean is larger than the posterior (mantle) part. Sensory appendages present on the anterior part of this opisthobranch.

Size range: up to 33mm. Rare.

Specific characteristics: Shape and white 'W' on anterior part of cephalic shield are often sufficient to identify this species.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone
Marine species
33mm Ghar Lapsi 2-3m depth 19/8/93
leg.: J.M. Bezzina
25mm Cirkewwa 5-6m depth 17/9/97
Detail of anterior part of 25mm specimen
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