Flabellina is a genus of sea slugs, specifically aeolid nudibranchs. These animals are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Flabellinidae.[3]

Taxonomic history

The genus Flabellina was established by Gray in 1850 with the type species Flabellina affinis and characterised by the cerata being arranged on peduncles and the rhinophores being annulate. Many species were added by subsequent authors. In 1981 the genus Coryphella was merged under the older name Flabellina as despite a large range of morphological characters in the 64 species of Flabellinidae and Coryphellidae known at that time, no clear distinction could be found to separate the species into the two genera.[4] In 2017 an integrative study of the 71 species then considered to be included in Flabellina redistributed the species into seven families and 26 genera.[5]


Species currently included in this genus are:[3]

Species retained in Flabellina until new investigations place them correctly, currently Family Flabellinidae incertae sedis:

Synonymized species


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  2. ^ Gmelin, Johann Friedrich. 1791. In: C. Linnaeus. Systema Naturae, per regna tria naturae, : secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. ed. 13, 1(6):3103- 3107, 3147-3148.
  3. ^ a b Caballer, M.; Bouchet, P.; Rosenberg, G.; Gofas, S. (2014). Flabellina Gray, 1833. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2014-10-24
  4. ^ Gosliner T.M., Griffiths R.J. (1981) Description and revision of some South African aeolidacean Nudibranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda). Annals of the South African Museum 84: 105–150.
  5. ^ Korshunova, T.; Martynov, A.; Bakken, T.; Evertsen, J.; Fletcher, K.; Mudianta, W.; Saito, H.; Lundin, K.; Schrödl, M.; Picton, B. (2017). Polyphyly of the traditional family Flabellinidae affects a major group of Nudibranchia: aeolidacean taxonomic reassessment with descriptions of several new families, genera, and species (Mollusca, Gastropoda). ZooKeys. 717: 1-139.
  6. ^ Gosliner T. M. & Willan R. C. (1991). "Review of the Flabellinidae (Nudibranchia: Aeolidacea) from the tropical Indo-Pacific, with the descriptions of five new species". The Veliger 34(2): 97-133. page 109.