An aeolid from Colombia

January 5, 2001
From: Phanor Montoya

Dear Bill:

These photos aren't good but I hope they submit enough information to identify this species. All animals were collected from Santa Marta, Colombia. We found them under rocks in shallow waters [<3 m (10ft)].

The nudibranchs in these pictures were 8-10mm long. The body is white. The tip of the head is yellow. The base of rinophores is fuchsia. The ceras are kind of brown with white speckles, two rows of ceras arranged in eight groups of about five ceras. The eyes are visible besides the rhinophores.

I know the pictures aren't so good but I hope you can say something about this animals.

Phanor Montoya

Montoya, P., 2001 (Jan 5) An aeolid from Colombia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Phanor,
I think if I knew the animal I could identify it from your photos but unfortunately I am not familiar enough with the Caribbean fauna to be able to name it. Hopefully someone will recognise it.

I suspect its a glaucid, perhaps Facelina or Phidiana. One useful character it would be worth trying to note when you find any aeolid is the shape of the rhinophores. Are they smooth?, have they papillae or do they have a lamellate club like a dorid.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Jan 5). Comment on An aeolid from Colombia by Phanor Montoya. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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