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Author: Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Order: Nudibranchia Family: Scyllaeidae
Maximum Size: 50 mm
Sightings: Sunshine Coast
Scyllaea fulva Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Previously known on this site as Scyllaea pelagica Linnaeus, 1758 (Changed 21/03/2023)
Scyllaea pelagica had long been regarded as a single circumtropical species however, Pola et al, 2012, have shown through molecular sequencing that Atlantic and Indo-Pacific specimens are separate species. Scyllaea fulva is the oldest name for Indo-Pacific specimens and therefore the valid choice.
David A. Mullins – March 2023
– Pola, M., Camacho-Garcia, Y. E. & Gosliner, T. M. (2012). Molecular data illuminate cryptic nudibranch species: the evolution of the Scyllaeidae (Nudibranchia: Dendronotina) with a revision of Notobryon. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165: 311–336.
– Gosliner, T. M., Valdés, Á., and Behrens, D. W. (2018). Nudibranch & Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific – 2nd Ed. New World Publications: Jacksonville, FL.