Flabellina lineata
(Loven, 1846)

Family: Flabellinidae


Westerm Mediterranean and Atantic coast of Europe to Norway.


Trebeurden, Brittany, France, June 1995. Photos: Peter van Bragt.

Oral tentacles have a white longitudinal line which continues down on to the head. The two lines join to form a median line running down the body to the posterior tip of the foot. The smooth rhinophores are white-tipped with a white streak posteriorly. There is also a white line along each side of the body below the cerata. The digestive gland duct ranges in colour from dark reddish brown to bright red. There is usuually a white subapical band on the cerata and can be a white line down the anterior and posterior sides of each ceras, but often only parts of these lines are present. It is reported to feed on a variety of hydroids. Can grow to 50mm long.

• LovĂ©n, S.L. (1846). Index molluscorum litora Scandinaviae Occidentalia habitantium. Ofvers K. Vet. Akad. Forh. Stockholm, 3: 135-160 (Nudibranchia p. 136-140)

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (September 17) Flabellina lineata (Loven, 1846). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/flabline

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