December 10, 2009
From: Hugues Flodrops
Her is a Flabellina riwo, which is seldom seen on the fore reef zone.
This species was first found in Riwo Village, near Madang, Papua New Guinea.
We have any pictures of specimen from Le Cap La Houssaye.
Locality: Cap La Houssaye, 12 metres, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, 17 september 2009. Length: 20 mm. Photographer: Hugues Flodrops.
I hope that information contribute knowing distribution of the species.
firstname.lastname@example.orgFlodrops,H., 2009 (Dec 10) Flabellina riwo from Reunion Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22945
Although it was named from a village in Papua New Guinea, Gosliner & Willan (1991) also reported it from Indonesia, Okinawa and northern Madagascar. We also have records on the Forum from Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia, so it is clearly widespread in the Indo-West Pacific.
Your record from Reunion certainly fills in another gap in its recorded distribution, but from the records we now have I thik we can confidently predict it will be found throughout the tropical Indo-West Pacific.
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