Polycera faeroensis
Lemche, 1929

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Polycerinae


North-eastern Atlantic at least from southern Spain north to British Isles, Sweden, and the Faeroes.


UPPER: with egg ribbon. Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland. PHOTO: Bernard Picton.
LOWER: Bay of Algeciras (Strait of Gibraltar, Southern Spain) at 21 m. depth, Size: 18 mm. July, 2000 PHOTO: Alma Sánchez.

Animal translucent white with bright yellow papillae around the anterior mantle edge. The papillae near the gills are also yellow, as are the tips of the gills and the rhinophores. There is also a median yellow line from the gills to the tip of the posterior foot. Thompson & Brown (1984) also report that black patches can sometimes be present. They also report that in the British Isles this species feeds on the colonial bryozoans Crisia denticulata, Cellepora pumicosa and Bugula plumosa. It can grow to 45mm in length.

• Thompson, T.E. & Brown, G.H. (1984) Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs, Vol 2. Ray Society: London.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (February 4) Polycera faeroensis Lemche, 1929. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/polyfaer

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