Flabellina bertschi from Baja California

June 26, 2000
From: Jeff Goddard

This is part of Jeff Goddard's message about lookalikes of Flabellina trilineata, which I am repeating here on the Flabellina bertschi page.

".. here are two photos of F. trilineata and F. bertschi (Gosliner & Kuzirian (1990). I found these aeolids together in a mid intertidal pool at Punta San Andrés (28o 42.50' N, 114o 18.07' W) on the west coast of Baja California just this past March. At first glance I thought I was seeing 14 specimens of F. trilineata. Closer inspection, however, revealed two of the 14 to have a broad white swath on the notum and smooth rhinophores, instead of the three white lines and annulate rhinophores of F. trilineata. F. bertschi had been known previously only from the Pacific coast of Panama and the Gulf of California (Gosliner & Kuzirian, 1990; Gosliner, 1994). My wife Elise Schickel and I have just submitted a note on this and a few other range extensions to The Veliger.

References (F. bertschi only):
• Gosliner, T. M. (1994) New records of Flabellinidae (Opisthobranchia: Aeolidacea) from the tropical Americas, with descriptions of two new species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 48: 171-183.
• Gosliner, T. M. & A. M. Kuzirian. 1990. Two new species of Flabellinidae (Opisthobranchia: Aeolidacea) from Baja California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 47: 1-15.

Best wishes,
Jeff Goddard


Goddard, J., 2000 (Jun 26) Flabellina bertschi from Baja California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2621

Thanks Jeff,
Bill Rudman.

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