November 18, 2005
From: Alicia Hermosillo
Here are some shots of Flabellina vansyoci.
Locality: Puerto Vallarta, Bahia de Banderas, Mexico. Pacific Coast. Depth: 30 feet. Length: from 7 to 15 mm. 13 May 2004. Walls. Photographer: Ali Hermosillo
One interesting thing about this species in Bahia de Banderas is that they are very localized, found only in a few spots within the bay (which is huge, 115 km of coast line) and always in large groups.
Note the almost simple, only slightly verrucose, rhinophores. The color can vary from rose to orange. Sorry I do not have any better tub shots.
Hermosillo, A., 2005 (Nov 18) Flabellina vansyoci from Mexico. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15294
I would guess its patchy distribution is to do with the distribution of the gymnoblastic hydroids it is on in your photos, which I assume are its food? I guess the dark pink egg masses in the bottom left photo belong to Flabellina vansyoci? Do the eggs change colour or is this a useful distinction from the yellowish eggs in your photo of F. telja [message #15295]