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.