April 16, 2010
From: David Taylor
Sorry about the quality but I was wondering if you could tell me what species this is? Flabellina albomarginata??
Locality: Lyttelton Harbour, 1, New Zealand, Pacific, 31 August 2009, Intertidal tidepool. Length: 50mm. Photographer: David Taylor.
firstname.lastname@example.orgTaylor, D.I., 2010 (Apr 16) Phidiana milleri from Lyttleton, New Zealand. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/23493
Flabellina albomarginata has tubercles on back of rhinophores and those with white running down edge of oral tenatcles have it on the front edge not the back. The colour of your animal and the arrangement and number of the cerata make me pretty sure that this is Phidiana milleri. Although this is a new species for the Forum, it is quite a common aeolid throughout New Zealand. Fortunately I have a photo of it from Dr M.C. Miller with permission to use it on the Forum.