Re: Facelina auriculata in Scotland

August 31, 2001
From: Bernard Picton

Hi Jim & Bill,
It looks like Facelina auriculata are having a bumper year on the West coast of Scotland at the moment. Good features to look for for this species are the light-brown lamellate rhinophores, red oesophagus and blue iridescence. They eat the hydroid Obelia geniculata at this time of year and are frequently found on kelp blades.

Picton, B.E., 2001 (Aug 31) Re: Facelina auriculata in Scotland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Bernard,
These finds have forced me to change the name of the species from Facelina coronata to Facelina auriculata as I promised I would do after your last message.
Bill Rudman

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