Felimare picta

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Felimare picta
Hypselodoris picta on SS Rosslyn, 300412.JPG
Felimare picta at a depth of 17 meters
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Felimare
Rudman, 1987
Species: F. picta
Binomial name
Felimare picta
(Schultz in Philippi, 1836)[1]
  • Chromodoris cantrainii Bergh, 1879
  • Chromodoris elegans (Cantraine, 1835)
  • Chromodoris valenciennesi (Cantraine, 1841)
  • Doris calcarae Verany, 1846
  • Doris elegans Cantraine, 1835 (invalid: junior homonym of Doris elegans Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
  • Doris nardi Verany, 1846
  • Doris picta Schultz in Philippi, 1836 (basionym) [1]
  • Doris scacchi Delle Chiaje, 1841
  • Doris valenciennesi Cantraine, 1841
  • Glossodoris edenticulata White, 1952
  • Glossodoris picta (Schultz in Philippi, 1836)
  • Glossodoris valenciennesi (Cantraine, 1841)
  • Glossodoris webbi (d'Orbigny, 1839)
  • Goniodoris elegans (Cantraine, 1835)
  • Hypselodoris edenticulata (White, 1952)
  • Hypselodoris elegans (Cantraine, 1835)
  • Hypselodoris picta (Schultz in Philippi, 1836)
  • Hypselodoris tema Edmunds, 1981
  • Hypselodoris valenciennesi (Cantraine, 1841)
  • Hypselodoris webbi (d'Orbigny, 1839)
  • Polycera webbi d'Orbigny, 1839

Felimare picta is a species of colorful sea slug or dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.[2]


The subspecies of Felimare picta have yet to be renamed:

  • Felimare (Hypselodoris) picta lajensis Troncoso, Garcia & Urgorri, 1998[3]
  • Felimare (Hypselodoris) picta picta (Schultz in Philippi, 1836)
  • Felimare (Hypselodoris) picta tema (Edmunds, 1981)
  • Felimare (Hypselodoris) picta verdensis Ortea, Valdés & García-Gómez, 1966[3]
  • Felimare (Hypselodoris) webbi (d'Orbigny, 1839)
  • Felimare (Hypselodoris) azorica Ortea, Valdés & García-Gómez, 1996 has become a synonym of Felimare azorica (Ortea, Valdés & García-Gómez, 1996)
A close up of the gills of Felimare picta


Felimare picta lives in rocky seabeds throughout the Mediterranean Sea (Greece), European waters (Spain, Portugal), the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean (Azores) and the Gulf of Mexico.[4]

Type locality of Felimare picta is Palermo, Sicily.[1]


This nudibranch grows to about 20 cm (8 inches) long and feeds on various sponges.[4]


Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[5] Maximum recorded depth is 55 m.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Philippi R. A. (1836). Enumeratio molluscorum Siciliae cum viventium tum in tellure tertiaria fossilium, quae in itinere suo observavit. Vol. 1. Schropp, Berlin [Berolini] xiv + 267 p., pl. 1-12. page 105.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Felimare picta. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=597522 on 2012-05-14
  3. ^ a b Gofas, S. (2009). Hypselodoris picta (Schultz in Philippi, 1836). In: Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S.; Rosenberg, G. (2009) World Marine Mollusca database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=139154 on 2010-09-11
  4. ^ a b Wright, M.; Sparrow, Giles (2003). Expert Guide: Marine Life From Tropical Reef Fist to Mighty Sharks. Brown Books Ltd. p. 68. ISBN 1-897884-90-7.
  5. ^ a b Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

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