Flabellina gracilis from Maine, USA

August 28, 2003
From: Alan Shepard

Bill -
Here's another nudibranch from Eastport, Maine, USA. I believe this is Flabellina gracilis. They are plentiful all over the dive site particularly on the granite remains of the old steamship pier that provide a tremendous amount of surface for invertebrates. The granite wall is approximately 10m high and entirely submerged at both low and high tide. It stretches for quite a distance.

This specimen was approximately 12mm long. There are a confusing number of Flabellina species in the area making identification while diving a bit difficult. Most common on the dive site are F. verrucosa , F. pellucida and F. gracilis.
Best wishes,
Alan Shepard
Tolland, CT, USA


Shepard, A., 2003 (Aug 28) Flabellina gracilis from Maine, USA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10848

Thanks Alan,
Bill Rudman

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