Ortea, Luque & Templado, 1990
Known only from the western Mediterranean (Spain, France).
Locality: " L'Estagnol ", Bormes-les-Mimosas, 3m, France, Mediterranean, 17 September 2009, rocks and Posidonia. Length: 4mm. Photographer: Marina Poddubetskaia.
Apart from records on the Forum, this species is known only from the original 6 mm long specimen and a second 2 mm specimen reported by Fahey & Gosliner (2004). The dark brown markings on the body, fine opaque white speckling, and the brown banding on the rhinophores, may turn out to be good identifying characters when more material is available.
Fahey, S. J. and T. M. Gosliner (2004). A phylogenetic analysis of the Aegiridae Fischer, 1883 (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Phanerobranchia) with descriptions of eight new species and a reassessment of Phanerobranch relationships. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55(34): 613-689.
Ortea, J. A., Luque, A. A. & Templado, J. (1990). Contributions to the knowledge of the genus Aegires Loven, 1844 (Opisthobranchia: Doridoidea: Aegiretidae) in the north Atlantic, with descriptions of two new species. Journal of Molluscan Studies 56: 333-337.
Rudman, W.B., 2009 (September 24) Aegires palensis Ortea, Luque & Templado, 1990. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/aegipale
September 24, 2009
From: Marina Poddubetskaia Ossokine
I'd like to share with you and Forum participants these photos of Aegires palensis. I found this 4 mm long animal on the French Mediterranean coast, on a shallow rock covered in fixed fauna, amongst Posidonia.
Locality: " L'Estagnol ", Bormes-les-Mimosas, 3m, France, Mediterranean, 17 September 2009, rocks and Posidonia. Length: 4 mm. Photographer: Marina Poddubetskaia.
Lucas Cervera identified this animal and Terry Gosliner confirmed this ID from photos. Lucas Cervera told me this species have never been seen since its description in 1990. And it seems there isn't known photo of living animal.
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website
firstname.lastname@example.orgPoddubetskaia Ossokine, M., 2009 (Sep 24) Aegires palensis from French Mediterranean. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22669
Thanks for this interesting find. As you say, we know very little about this species which is known from the original 6 mm long specimen and a second 2 mm specimen reported by Fahey & Gosliner (2004). The dark brown markings on the boody and the banding on the rhinophores may turn out to be good identifying characters when more material is available.