Flabellina poenicia
(Burn, 1957)

Family: Flabellinidae


Southeastern Australia from New South Wales to South Australia.


UPPER, LOWER RIGHT: 20mm long, Fly Point, Port Stephens, New South Wales, October 1986.
LOWER LEFT: 5mm long juvenile on hydroid colony, southern tip of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, February 1985. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.


Flabellina poenicia - Radula

The cerata have a deep orange-red subapical band on cerata and digestive gland duct is usually orange or yellow. The cnidosac is opaque white. The body is translucent clear sometimes with a purplish tinge, and the bright purple jaw plates show through as a large purple spot on each side of the head. The upper half of the rhinophores have papillae on the posterior side, though these can be absent in juveniles.

• Burn, R. (1957). On some Opisthobranchia from from Victoria. Journ. Malac. Soc. Australasia, 1: 11-29, pls. 1-3

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (July 15) Flabellina poenicia (Burn, 1957). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/flabpoen

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