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Felimida purpurea
Felimida purpurea - gill detail
Felimida purpurea - oral tentacles
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Felimida purpurea (Risso in Guérin, 1831)
NUDIBRANCHIA
Felimida purpurea is a large dorid nudibranch. Its base colour is pinkish, occasionally having darker pink central blotches or marbling, with a bright yellow line along the margin and occasionally whitish spots submarginally. This nudibranch is very distinct and easily identified in the field.

Oral tentacles: 2 in number, very short, pale pink.
Rhinophores: Dark pink, finely lamellate, retractile.
Gills: Present, purplish pink to red in colour with white tips, unipinnate.
Foot: Pale pink without any appendages, with a thin yellow marginal line at the upper posterior area.

Size range: 62-80mm. Rare.

Specific characteristics: This species is easy to distinguish in the field by its large size, pattern and colouration.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone as
Chromodoris purpurea
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Detail of oral tentacles (upper photo) and
gills (lower photo)
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Marine species
European Marine Life
Chromodorididae
80mm St. Paul's Islands 15m depth 31/05/92