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Flabellina pedata = Coryphella pedata
Flabellina pedata
Flabellina pedata - ventral view
Flabellina pedata
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Flabellina pedata (Montagu, 1815)
NUDIBRANCHIA
Small to medium sized aeolid nudibranch found generally on hydroids. The base colour is violet with orange-red digestive gland tributaries in the cerata and can be superficially confused with Flabellina affinis, which inhabits the same habitat. Common in winter months.

Propodial tentacles: Present, violet with white line near anterior edge and white tips, slightly recurved.
Oral tentacles: Present, white tipped, longer than the rhinophores.
Rhinophores: Violet with white tips, rugose but without distinct lamellae.
Cerata: Thin, distinctly orange red to red with white tip.
Foot: Pale violet occasionally with diffused white pigment near the anterior area.

Size range: 5-20mm. Common.

Specific characteristics: This species is easy to distinguish from related species by its colouration, but may be confused with Flabellina affinis. The latter species has lamellate rhinophores and a subterminal purple ring on the rhinophores.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone
15mm Id-Darsa, Comino 10m depth 13/6/92
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15mm Id-Darsa, Comino 10m depth 13/6/92
Ventral view
15mm Id-Darsa, Comino 10m depth 13/6/92
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20mm Migra l-Ferha depth unrecorded 20/12/92
Flabelinidae