July 26, 2003
From: J. Ben Souissi and A. Eters
This is another sea slug collected in the lagoon of Tunis, Tunisia. This nudibranch is very abundant and frequent in the muddy bottom
I think it is a Philinidae. Probably Philine quadripartita = Philine aperta?
Jamila Ben Souissi & Anis Eters
J. Ben Souissi and A. Eters, 2003 (Jul 26) Philine aperta from Tunisia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10276
Dear Jamila & Anis,
I am sure this is a species of Philine, and from its shape the most likely identification is Philine aperta. Species of Philine can only be confirmed by checking the shape of the shell, gizzard plates and penial anatomy, but I think P. aperta is the only Mediterranean species with the large muscular parapodial lobes shown in your animal. The name Philine quadripartita is an old synonym of P. aperta.
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