February 11, 2005
From: Ali Hermosillo
Congratulations on having the forum up again.
Updating Flabellina sp. 3, I have to tell you it has a name and its genus will be changed soon. This species has been named Phestilla hakunamatata Ortea, Caballer & Espinosa, 2003. Sandra Millen and I have found the species to be a Hermosita rather than a Phestilla (no study of the reproductive system was done in the original description).
It has a known distribution throughout the Mexican Pacific to Panama. The color of the species is quite variable, from the darker one seen in Peter´s picture to this more pink specimen. Feeds on the hydroid Solanderia sp.
Locality: Isla Isabel, Nayarit, Mexico. Pacific Ocean. Depth: 32 feet. Length: 18 mm. 10 December 2003. Walls. Photographer: Ali Hermosillo
Ortea, Jesus; Manuel Caballer and Jose Espinosa (2003) Nuevos Aeolidaceos (Mollusca:Gastropoda) de Costa Rica. Avicennia, 16: 129-142, figs. 1-4, 1 pl.
Hermosillo, Alicia (2004) Opisthobranch Mollusks of Parque Nacional de Coiba, Panamá. (Tropical Eastern Pacific). The Festivus, 36(9): 105-117.
firstname.lastname@example.orgHermosillo, A., 2005 (Feb 11) Flabellina sp. 3 = Phestilla hakunamatata. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12811
Thanks for this. I hadn't made the connection between this species and Peter Ajtai's Flabellina sp. 3 [message #6825]. As I have commented on the species' Fact Sheet, there is very little in its anatomy or biology to support its placement in the genus Phestilla.