Cerberilla albopunctata
Baba, 1976

Family: Aeolidiidae


Known from Pacific coast of central and southern Japan.


Osezaki, Izu-Hanto Peninsula, Japan. March 2001. 12m, in sand, crawling at night. Approx 4 cm long. Photo: Daisuke Suzuki

Body and foot dark brown with large opaque white spots of different sizes scattered over the body, foot, cerata, oral tentacles and rhinophores. The inner (or lower) surface of the cerata is a uniform dark brown while on the upper surface the dark brown cerata are covered with white spots except for the upper third or quarter which has a broad yellow band, then an opaque white cap and a dark brown extreme tip. The rhinophores are smooth and small. They are translucent brown with white spots except for the tip which has a darkbrown subapical band and a yellow tip. The long oral tentacles are spectacularly coloured with bright yellow, blue, dark brown and white bands. It grows to at least 40mm long.

• Baba, K. (1976). The genus Cerberilla of Japan (Nudibranchia: Eolidoidea: Aeolidiidae), with the description of a new species. The Veliger, 18(3):272-280.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (February 18) Cerberilla albopunctata Baba, 1976. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/cerbalbo

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