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Piseinotecus gabinierei

(Vicente, 1975)


Floor Driessen Slightly of topic (sorry), found this nudi in Croatia (Selce). Can anybody tell us what species this is?

João Pedro Silva I think it's Calmella cavolini.

João Pedro Silva But why is it off topic?

David Kipling Croatia isn't in the NE Atlantic ;) But crazy nudi, thanks for posting! What's the range of this species João Pedro?

João Pedro Silva I think it reaches NE Atlantic as the limit of the Mediterranean is Gilbraltar :)

David Kipling How big was this Floor? Looks like it should be tiny.

Floor Driessen Less than 1 cm!

João Pedro Silva They're not much bigger than that.

Floor Driessen We didn't think this is C.cavolini, because it doesn't have the purple spot on the top of its head and the organisation of the cerata is different.

Floor Driessen (See picture in the next post)

Floor Driessen Could this be a somewhat red Piseinotecus gabinierei? We're confused now..

João Pedro Silva All the photos I've seen of P. gabinierei have brown digestive gland but check on the detail the photo to see if the rhinophores are "finely annularly wrinkled" (http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/7071)

Ian Smith I asked an experienced Croatian malacologist, Jakov Prkic, his opinion of this image. He says: it "is an extremely strange creature, very hard to identify, but I am quite sure it is not Calmella cavolinii. It perhaps represents a very strange form of Piseinotecus gabinierei, with unusually low number of cerata???? It may be also a species unknown to me." Sorry it doesn't help you much.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 06 Aug 2012
Sylvie Omnès Seem to be Facelina sp. but which one ? Location : Corsica, Scandola Reserve, Med Sea FRANCE depth 12m size : 25mm

Sylvie Omnès clue : smooth rhinophores ...

Bernard Picton Unusual and distinctive arrangement of the cerata: http://www.seaslugforum.net/showall/pisegabi

Sylvie Omnès thanks Bernard ! this could be a juvenile then ...

Sylvie Omnès after searching, the right ID would be :Piseinotecus gabinierei (Vicente, 1975)

Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Mollusca (Phylum)
    Gastropoda (Class)
      Heterobranchia (Subclass)
        Opisthobranchia (Infraclass)
          Nudibranchia (Order)
            Dexiarchia (Suborder)
              Aeolidida (Infraorder)
                Aeolidioidea (Superfamily)
                  Piseinotecidae (Family)
                    Piseinotecus (Genus)
                      Piseinotecus gabinierei (Species)
Associated Species