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Characteristics:

A semi-transparent, white body and orange, red-brown or brown cerata seem to be the most common color combinations, but color cannot be used as identification as the cerata may take a wide range of colors. The rhinophores (tentacles on the head) have small warts. This feature can be used to distinguish it from the F. verrucosa. It can grow to a length of 4-5 cm. It easy to get confused when trying to identify the Flabellina species:

  • F. browni has smooth or slightly wrinkled rhinophores. The cerata are arranged in groups rather then rows. There is a white pigmented ring around the tip of the cerata. There is not a pink tint on the tentacles.
  • F. gracilis does not exceed a length of 15 mm. The cerata is is usually arranged in two, but sometimes as many as five rows. The rhinophores are smooth.
  • F. pellucida has red or orange, white tipped cerata. The rhinophores are wrinkled. There are white pigmentation on the tentacles.
  • F. verrucosa has wrinkled rhinophores, usually with a white pigmented line. There may be a pink tint on the white-tipped cerata. Individuals with long cerata may be confused with many of the other Flabellina species.

Habitat:

It seems to thrive on rocky, current-exposed locations with a lots of hydroids to feed on.

Distribution:

This is an Arctic species, widespread in the North Atlantic Ocean, including Ireland and Norway.