Flabellina amabilis
Hirano & Kuzirian, 1991

Family: Flabellinidae


Known only from Oshoro Bay, western Hokkaido, Japan.


Oshoro Bay, Hokkaido, Japan. Lower photo showing egg ribbon. PHOTO: Yoshi Hirano.


Larval metamorphosis in F. amabilis

Found on athecate hydroid colonies of Eudendrium boreale Yamada, 1954, in intertidal and subtidal rocky substrates. Grows to about 26mm long. It differs from two other Japanese species, F. abei and F. athadona, in having a white line along the dorsal midline of the tail.

• Hirano, Y.J. & Kuzirian, A.M. (1991). A new species of Flabellina (Nudibranchia: Aeolidacea) from Oshoro Bay, Japan. The Veliger, 34(1): 48-55.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (June 21) Flabellina amabilis Hirano & Kuzirian, 1991. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/flabamab

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Larval development of Flabellina amabilis

June 21, 1999
From: Yoshi Hirano

I have posted here a series of photos of the early stages in the life-history of Flabellina amabilis that Yoshi Hirano has sent me from Japan. His email address is hiranoyj@earth2.s.chiba-u.ac.jp.

Be sure to look at the second page
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.