Flabellina gaditana

Flabellina gaditana (Cervera, Garcia-Gomez, & Garcia, 1987)

Flabellina gaditana by José Carlos García Gómez

Class: Gastropoda Cuvier, 1797
Subclass: Heterobranchia J.E. Gray, 1840
Clade: Euthyneura Spengel, 1881
Clade: Nudipleura Wägele & Willan, 2000
Order: Nudibranchia Cuvier, 1817
Suborder: Dexiarchia Schrödl, Wägele & Willan, 2001
Infraorder: Cladobranchia Willan & Morton, 1984
Parvorder: Aeolidida Odhner, 1934
Superfamily: Flabellinoidea  Bergh, 1889
Family: Flabellinidae  Bergh, 1889
Genus: Flabellina  Voigt, 1834
Species: Flabellina gaditana (Cervera, Garcia-Gomez, & Garcia, 1987)

Taxonomic Note: Originally described by Cervera et al. (1987) as Piseinotecus gaditanus, the paper by Furfaro et al. (2017), using morphological and phylogenetic techniques, has shown that this species actually belongs to the Flabellinidae. It has also demostrated that Flabellina confusa is a synonym with this species. At the morphological level it can not be distinguished from Flabellina [Calmella] cavolini, although they can be distinguished by molecular methods.


  • Flabellina confusa
  • Piseinotecus gaditanus




  • Flabellina derived of Latin Flabellum, meaning “fan”.
  • Gaditana. From Latin “Gades”, Roman colony that became the actual city of Cádiz (Spain). The first specimen of the species was described on the coast of Cádiz.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Flabellina gaditana
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions

References for the species: Flabellina gaditana

    Portugal: García-Gómez et al. (1991), Calado et al. (2003). Andalucía (Atl.): Cervera and García-Gómez (1986, as Calmella sp.), Cervera, García-Gómez and García (1987), Templado et al. (1993a). Canarias: Ortea et al. (2003).

    Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.


    Western Mediterranean:
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    Atlantic Ocean:
This chart displays the observation probability for Flabellina gaditana based on our own records.

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Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes et al. (2012-2017) "Flabellina gaditana" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 17/05/2012, Accessed: 20/11/2017 at (http://opistobranquis.info/en/oSQMx)

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