Pleurobranchus forskalii

Pleurobranchus forskalii (Ruppell & Leuckart, 1828)

Pleurobranchus forskalii ( by Jim Anderson
Class: Gastropoda  Cuvier, 1797
Subclass: Heterobranchia  J.E. Gray, 1840
Clade: Euthyneura  Spengel, 1881
Clade: Nudipleura  Wägele & Willan, 2000
Subclade: Pleurobranchomorpha  Schmekel, 1985
Superfamily: Pleurobranchoidea   J.E. Gray, 1827
Family: Pleurobranchidae  J.E. Gray, 1827
Genus: Pleurobranchus  Cuvier, 1804
Species: Pleurobranchus forskalii (Rüppell & Leuckart, 1831) [Oscanius]




  • Forskalii. Dedicated to Dr. Petter Forsskål (1732-1763), Finnish-Swedish disciple of Linnaeus; participated in a Danish collecting expedition to Egypt and Arabia Felix (Yemen) in 1761-67, where he died of malaria. He was highly esteemed by Linnaeus.

This is a lessepsian species which is invading the Eastern Mediterranean, a zone where the observer can find two Pleurobranchus species already present in the Red Sea: Pleurobranchus grandis and Pleurobranchus forskalii. This species has not yet reached the Western Mediterranean coasts, but there are frequent sighting reports from Israel.

Known georeferenced records of the species: Pleurobranchus forskalii (z-200).
: GROC 2010-2011 : VIMAR
: Enric Madrenas : Manuel Ballesteros.
: João Pedro Silva : M@re Nostrum
: Bernard Picton : Other sources
: GBIF.ORG : Marine Regions


        Western Mediterranean:0 Stars
        Eastern Mediterranean:0.0 Stars
        Atlantic Ocean:0.0 Stars
This chart displays the observation probability for Pleurobranchus forskalii
based on our own records.

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Bibliography based on the works by Steve Long, 2006. Bibliography of Opisthobranchia 1554-2000 and Gary McDonald, 2009. Bibliographia Nudibranchia, with later updates from other resources.

Further reading

Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes et al. (2012-2017) "Pleurobranchus forskalii" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 15/05/2012, Accessed: 22/09/2017 at (

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