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Felimare picta = Hypselodoris elegans/webbi
Felimare picta = Hypselodoris elegans/webbi
Felimare picta = Hypselodoris elegans/webbi
Propodial, oral tentacles and gills
Felimare picta = Hypselodoris elegans/webbi
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Felimare picta is a large dorid nudibranch present in the Mediterranean. It is very variable in colour and as a result has been described several times. This species is locally common particularly on meadows of Posidonia oceanica in bays and other sheltered areas.

Propodial tentacles: Very short lateral extensions of foot.
Oral tentacles: 2 in number, very short, with blue tips.
Rhinophores: Pink to blue to purplish in colour but always dark tipped (purple), finely lamellate and retractable.
Cerata: Absent.
Gills: Retractable, unipinnate, translucent pink to dark purple in colour with a discontinuous yellow line along the midrib (internally and externally).
Body: Translucent to dark purplish with a very variable series of yellow spots, dots, dashes, line/s or reticulations on the dorsal surface, laterally with yellow ornamentation.
Foot: Whitish but with a bluish tint and with yellowish short lines/dots; without appendages.

Size range: 75-127mm. Common in some areas.

Specific characteristics: This species is easy to identify because of its large size and colour pattern. Other Mediterranean species of Felimare are medium sized and have different colour patterns.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone
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Kalafrana, 16/07/94 Leg.: T. Sammut & J. Cassar
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Felimare picta (Schultz in Philippi, 1836)
NUDIBRANCHIA
Chromodorididae
127mm Xrobb l-Ghagin, 14m 9/11/92 Leg: C. Aquilina
Kalafrana, 16/07/94 Leg.: T. Sammut & J. Cassar
Detail of propodial and oral tentacles and gills
Kalafrana, 16/07/94 Leg.: T. Sammut & J. Cassar