From the wreck of the El Ray off Mission Bay, San Diego, California. Photos: Bruce Wight
The body is translucent clear. The cerata have a broad orange to yellow terminal band, the cerata some times being tipped with white. The upper half of the lamellate rhinophores are also yellowish orange, sometimes with a white tip. Both the oral tentacles and the tentacular anterior foot corners have and orange midregion and a white tip. The oral tentacles also have a white or cream line which runs along the dorsal side and then across the head to the base of the rhnophores. Sometimes parts of this line, on the head, have red, orange or yellow pigmentation. Grows to about 25mm.
• Cockerell, T.D.A. (1901) Three new nudibranchs from California. Journal of the Malacological Society of London, 8: 85-87.
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (July 26) Facelina stearnsi Cockerell, 1901. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/facestea
Austraeolis stearnsi from California
From: Kevin Lee, July 27, 2006
Facelina stearnsi or Austraeolis stearnsi
From: Jim Lyle, January 19, 2006
Facelina stearnsi from southern California
From: Jim Lyle, September 23, 2003
Facelina stearnsi from California
From: Bruce Wight, July 29, 2002