Aeolid Nudibranchs

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Flabellina spp. - Voigt, 1834
Aeolid Nudibranchs

These are small, brightly colored coral predators. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

Aeolids are typically small, slender hitchhikers that commonly appear in reef aquariums after the introduction of new corals. They have several discrete tufts of often brightly colored cerata, used as gills and for protection, on the upper surface in groups on either side of the midline. Extensions of the gut may often be seen in the cerata, culminating at the tip in an area of contrasting color.

Family: Flabellinidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

  • All Seas

Maximum length: 3.8 cm (1 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Lighting: Immaterial.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Eat live prey. They will starve to death without the appropriate food. Most live a year or less.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

They should not be considered reef-safe, as they have too much predatory potential and are often very adept at finding hiding places in tanks. Predators on corals, soft corals, and sea anemones.

[edit] Notes

Aeolid diversity is manifested in the patterns of cerata, basic size, and color. Many species tend to look superficially alike, and identification is actually quite difficult. Phestilla spp. and Phyllodesmium spp. are other aeolid nudibranchs which are coral predators.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Aeolid NudibranchsRDF feed
Common name Aeolid Nudibranchs  +
Family Flabellinidae  +
Genus Flabellina  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Immaterial.  +
Maximum length 1 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range All Seas  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +