Aeolid from Italy

September 27, 2000
From: Erwin Koehler

Dear Bill,
This one is from Finale Ligure, Italy, divesite "Bergeggi", depth 13 m, size ~ 5 mm, date July 22, 2000.

It was taken by Franco De Lorenzi

My first idea was Facelina coronata but I would like to hear the opinion of an expert.

Koehler, E., 2000 (Sep 27) Aeolid from Italy. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Erwin,
I am not an expert on the Mediterranean fauna but I am sure we will get some comments from some.

It doesn't look like Facelina coronata to me. I would have thought the ridges or 'brackets' on the rhinophores would be visible in the photo if it were that species. It does look very like Calmella cavolini (Verany, 1846). I can't see whether the cerata in each group havea a common base, but the colour, including the white specks on the back and the tinge of purple jaw plates, are characteristic of Calmella cavolini.

But let's wait for an expert opinion.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Sep 27). Comment on Aeolid from Italy by Erwin Koehler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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