Species Flabellina affinis (Mediterranean violet aeolid)

It is a nudibranch of about 3.5 to 5 cm. Colour varies from pink to mauve or violet. Present groups of cerates, which form fan-like shapes along its dorsal part of the body. The tips of its cerates are opaque, sometimes whitish. Rinophores are slightly flattened and show horizontal rings all along.

Most frequently confused by Paraflabellina ischitana, but these show a cerates in which the digestive glands are clearly observed to the tips of the cerates, while F. affinis present an opaque zone close to the tip of its cerates.

May be confused by Edmundsella pedata, but this species show smooth rinophores.


Text by Pau Batlle Vilanova


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  • Is marine

Vernacular names for species Flabellina affinis

Catalanflabellina lilaWorms
Dutch; Flemishviolette draadslak, purperen zeenaaktslakWorms, Worms
EnglishMediterranean violet aeolid, purple nudibranch, purple sea slug, slit limpetsWorms, Worms, Worms, Worms
Frenchflabelline mauveWorms
Germanviolette Fadenschnecke, Violette MittelmeerFadenschneckeWorms, Worms
Italianflabellina rosaWorms
Spanishflabellina violetaWorms
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