Flabellina bicolor
(Kelaart, 1858)

Family: Flabellinidae


Widespread in the tropical Indo-West Pacific.


Noumea, New Caledonia, October 1988. Lower photo showing dorid-like lamellate rhinophore clubs characteristic of this species. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Flabellina bicolor is characterised by its white body and the subterminal golden band on each cerata. It is one of a group of species with lamellate rhinophores, and with oral tentacles with a flattened terminal lobe. When this aeolid is crawling along the flattened paddle-like oral tentacles are continually flapping up and down apparently testing the substrate the animal is crawling over.

• Gosliner,T.M. & Willan,R.C. (1991) Review of the Flabellinidae (Nudibranchia: Aeolidacea) from the tropical Indo-Pacific, with the descriptions of five new species. The Veliger, 34(2): 97-133.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (February 23) Flabellina bicolor (Kelaart, 1858). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/flabbico

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