(A. Costa, 1866)
Western Mediterranean & Atlantic coast of Spain.
UPPER: Cala Llevadó (Costa Brava, Spain) on a rocky bottom at 10 meters, June 1998. PHOTO: Miquel Pontes.
LOWER: Bay of Algeciras (Strait of Gibraltar, Southern Spain), Size: 20 mm, Depth: 18 m., April 2000. PHOTO: Alma Sánchez
Maximum length 14mm. Rhinophores smooth in smaller animals but lamellated in larger ones. In contrast to the similarly coloured Facelina fusca, in F. rubrovittata the tips of the rhinophores, oral tentacles and sometimes the cerata are covered with opaque white. Basal region of the rhinophores is brown. There are usually 5 broken orange lines down the body. There is a median line from the front of the head running down the back between the rhinophores and another line on each side below the rhinophores and the cerata. The other two lines often consist of orange dots on each side between the ceratal clusters. This species feeds on the hydroid Eudendrium.
• Schmekel, L. & Portmann, A. (1982) Opisthobranchia des Mittelmeeres. Springer-Verlag: Berlin. 410pp.
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (January 23) Facelina rubrovittata (A. Costa, 1866). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/facerubr
Re: Facelina rubrovittata feeding
From: Dominique Horst, April 7, 2009
Re: Facelina rubrovittata from southern France
From: Dominique Horst, February 11, 2008
Is this Facelina rubrovittata ?
From: Cristian Magnani, August 29, 2006
Facelina rubrovittata? from Turkey
From: Baki Yokes, November 23, 2001
Re: Aeolid from Italy
From: Juan Lucas Cervera, July 19, 2001
Facelina rubrovittata from southern France
From: Jean-Pierre Bielecki , June 7, 2001
Facelina rubrovittata from Southern Spain
From: Alma Sánchez , January 25, 2001
Aeolid from Italy
From: Erwin Koehler, September 27, 2000
Facelina rubrovittata from Spain
From: Miquel Pontes, January 24, 2000