Spurilla neapolitana is a medium sized aeolid nudibranch
often found in shallow water. It is a common species and
is often found under rocks. A number of individuals often
carry the eggs of a parasitic copepod (reported as
Splanchnotrophus sp.) It is reported to feed on Aiptasia
Oral tentacles: 2 in number, long and smooth. Rhinophores: Brownish with darker reticulations,
lamellate with alternating large and short lamellae. Cerata: Generally highly recurved, with brown contents. Body: Aeolid form, pale colour with opaque white spots
on the dorsum and dark brown reticulations near the
anterior area. Dark brown lines along the margin. Foot: Pale cream, with highly recurved propodial
Size range: 5-47mm. Common under rocks.
Specific characteristics: This species can easily be
identified in the field. It is often found under rocks in
shallow water accompanied by Aeolidiella alderi from
which it may be distinguished by the lamellate
rhinophores of Spurilla.
Identified by Dr. A Perrone.
18mm L-Abjad, Qajjenza under rock <1m depth 10/01/93