Flabellina rubrolineata? from Turkey

September 8, 2001
From: Baki Yokes

Dear Bill,
Here are two photos captured in Antalya (Uc Adalar), Turkey, in July 2001. The photographs were taken at different divesites, around a depth of 20m. Are these Flabellina rubrolineata?

Photo: Adnan Buyuk: ado2000tr@yahoo.com - Upper right, Lower left; and Photo: Hasan Yokes: hyokes@turk.net - Lower right.

Best wishes


Yokes, B., 2001 (Sep 8) Flabellina rubrolineata? from Turkey. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/5152

Dear Baki,
Yes this is Flabellina rubrolineata. This record from Turkey is a very interesting find. The only record of this species I know of from the Mediterranean is of a specimen from off Ashqelon, Israel (Mienis & Gat, 1981). I have included photos of a specimen from the Red Sea which is almost identical in colour. Specimens from the Pacific usually have a pinkish tinge to the whole body. This Indo-West Pacific species is apparently moving in to the Mediterranean - or perhaps just visiting occasionally - from the Red Sea, via the Suez Canal.

It has similarities to some Mediterranean species, but none of them have three red stripes down the body and the papillate rhinophores.

For those of you interested in exotic introductions to the Mediterranean, there is a website CIESM Atlas of Exotic Species in the Mediterranean Sea which has a list of introduced molluscs, including quite a few opisthobranchs. There is a comprehensive page on each species, but unfortunately no photos.

• Gat, G., (1993) Flabellina rubrolineata (O'Donoghue) and Phidiana indica (Bergh) (Nudibranchia Aeolidioidea), two new Lessepsian immigrants in the Eastern Mediterranean. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 59: 120.
• Mienis, H.K. and Gat, G., (1981) A note concerning Flabellina rubrolineata (O'Donoghue, 1929). Levantina, 64: 683-684.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Sep 8). Comment on Flabellina rubrolineata? from Turkey by Baki Yokes. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/5152

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