Flabellina pellucida

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Flabellina pellucida
The nudibranch Flabellina pellucida, Leversund, Gulen, Norway.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Superfamily: Flabellinoidea
Family: Flabellinidae
Genus: Flabellina
Species: F. pellucida
Binomial name
Flabellina pellucida
(Alder & Hancock, 1843)[1]
  • Coryphella pellucida (Alder & Hancock, 1843)
  • Eolis pellucida Alder & Hancock, 1843

Flabellina pellucida is a species of sea slug, an aeolid nudibranch, a marine heterobranch mollusc in the family Flabellinidae.[2]


Flabellina pellucida has a translucent white body and opaque white pigment on the tips of the rhinophores, oral tentacles and cerata.[3][4]

Illustration in A monograph of the British nudibranchiate Mollusca

The maximum recorded body length is 30 mm[5] or up to 40 mm.[4]


This species was described from a single specimen collected from deep water, off Cullercoats, England, North Sea. It has a northerly distribution in the UK, being found most regularly in Scotland.[3]


Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[5] Maximum recorded depth is 20 m.[5] This species usually feeds on Eudendrium arbuscula, a hydroid in the family Eudendriidae.[3]


  1. ^ Alder, J., & A. Hancock. 1843. Notice of a British species of Calliopaea, D'Orbigny, and of four new species of Eolis, with observations on the development and structure of the nudibranchiate Mollusca. Annals & Magazine of Natural History 12(28):233-238.
  2. ^ Gofas, S. (2015). Flabellina pellucida (Alder & Hancock, 1843). In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2015-11-03
  3. ^ a b c Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2015). Flabellina pellucida (Alder & Hancock, 1843). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2015-3-25
  4. ^ a b Flabellina pellucida (Alder & Hancock, 1843). Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed on July 5, 2012
  5. ^ a b c 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.