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Much-desired Flabellina

Flabellina exoptata

Description:

Also known as Flabellina Sea Slug, Expat Flabellina and Sonic the Hedgehog Nudibranch, this nudibranch's body is slender and translucent pink with a purple tinge. The base of its cerata is the same color as the body, but is banded by dark purple and tipped with white. Its rhinophores are typically a bright orange. They feed on hydroids, coral, sponges and sea anemones, and grow to a length of about 3cm.

Habitat:

Found singly or in pairs on coral and rocky reefs in sand and rubble areas, at depths of 2 to 40m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

Spotted this beauty at a depth of about 15m, at a dive site by Gato Island, Cebu.

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2 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Mayra & Marta!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fantastic!

Blogie
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Biliran, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 29, 2012

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