Re: Flabellina engeli from Brazil

January 11, 2007
From: Vinicius Padula

Concerning message #19138:

Dear Bill,

Was so nice to meet you last September at the fantastic 2nd Int. Workshop on Opisthobranchia in Bonn, Germany.

You are right, Flabellina engeli  is a new record for the Brazilian waters. Here is a photo of mine of another Brazilain record. I believe that this year one paper will be published with some new records of aeolids in Brazil, including F. engeli.

It's interesting that this species repeats what we know about the distribution of some other species described by Marcus and Marcus for the Western Atlantic: the occurrence at São Paulo and the Caribbean region. Between these two localities there is a long distance that we have few data, but probably most of these species have a continuous distribution between the Caribbean region and the southeast coast of Brazil (see the map).

In Brazil, Flabellina engeli can be found in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Santa Catarina region.

Best wishes,
Vinicius Padula

Padula, V., 2007 (Jan 11) Re: Flabellina engeli from Brazil. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Vinicius,
September in Bonn seems so long ago! It was wonderful meeting up with old friends and new friends who I have corresponded with, but have never actually sat down with, to share a pizza and beer and endless talk of sea slugs!  I am sure you probably showed me photos of this species from your collecting activities in Brazil.

From the literature, and other photos on the Forum, the markings in this species are said to be opaque white, but your photo shows very clearly that they can range from opaque white to yellow. It is also valuable to get a photo of the egg ribbon. I look forward to your paper.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Jan 11). Comment on Re: Flabellina engeli from Brazil by Vinicius Padula. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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