Flabellina from Maine - mating behaviour

December 31, 2004
From: Alan D. Shepard

To accompany my earlier message [#12855] here are some photos of the mating and egg ribbon of the Flabellina species.

I observed more and more of this species over a period of approximately one month. Observing the last one on August 15, 2004. I dove numerous times after that and did not encounter any specimens. I always found the species in the sand usually mating, laying eggs or feeding on the hydroid Corymorpha pendula.

Locality: Eastport, Maine, USA. Atlantic Ocean
Depth: 12 to 25 metres, Length: 60 mm, 18 July 2004
Photographer: Alan Shepard

Best wishes,
Alan Shepard
Tolland, CT, USA


Shephard, A.D., 2004 (Dec 31) Flabellina from Maine - mating behaviour. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12857

Thanks Alan,
Bill Rudman


Flabellina sp. 6

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