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Tenellia sp. 56

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Tenellia sp. 56

Author: Undescribed

Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Fionidae

Maximum Size: 10 mm

Sightings: Sunshine Coast


Tenellia sp. 56 Undescribed

This aeolid nudibranch is very long and narrow in the body with matching long thin tubular-shaped cerata. The cerata are sparse and appear to arise singly from the lateral dorsum. The propodial tentacles are undeveloped being only bluntly formed. The head bears a white patch between the rhinophores and oral tentacles. The oral tentacles are bright orange with a watery orange tip, the rhinophores are translucent white at the basal 1/3rd, creamy yellow to the middle 1/3rd and bright orange for the distal 1/3rd with a watery orange tip. The body is translucent white with the viscera and acini visible within. The aforementioned cerata are the same colour as the body with the distal 1/3rd being a faint creamy yellow. The digestive diverticula are not visible within the cerata.

David A. Mullins – February 2022

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