Flabellina pricei
(Macfarland, 1966)

Family: Flabellinidae


Northeast Pacific from Ketchikan, Alaska to La Jolla, California.


La Jolla Shores, 16 m, California, USA, Eastern Pacific Oceean, 18 February 2006. Photographer: Mike Neubig.

Flabellina pricei is distinguished by its whitish body coloration. The slender cerata are arranged in distinctive rows; each ceras is yellow-creamish colored, with a white tip and a subapical brown band.  The ceratal cores are green to brown, depending upon its recent prey.  Specimens reach 25 mm in length.

This species feeds on the hydroids, Halecium and Corymorpha palma.  It was named posthumously by Frank Mace MacFarland, to recognize Professor George Price, then the director of Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California

  • Behrens, D.W. & Hermosillo, A.  2005.  Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs - A guide to the opisthobranchs from Alaska to Central America.  Sea Challengers.   137 pp.
  • MacFarland, Frank Mace. 1966. Studies of opisthobranchiate mollusks of the Pacific coast of North America. Calif. Acad. Sci. Mem. 6: xvi + 546 pp.
Authorship details
Behrens, D.W, 2006 (March 2) Flabellina pricei (Macfarland, 1966). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/flabpric

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