Cerberilla ambonensis     Bergh, 1905

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Aeolidioidea
Family : Aeolidiidae
Distribution : Western Pacific Ocean and Madagascar
Maximal size : 50 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The most characteristic external feature of this species would appear to be the transverse dark lines across the foot

Cerata black, each with a subapical yellow ring and a grey apex

The cerata are black with broad yellow band some distance from the tip, then a black band, then a bluish white to grey cap.

The oral tentacles are white at the base then have a broad blue band filling the middle half of the tentacle, then a short black band, then white tip.

Cerberilla ambonensis
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Photo Jacques Vieira
Madagascar, Nosy Bé, Sakatia, 15 m, size : 15 mm

Remarks :

Synonymous (according worms) :
          - No other name

Bibliographic data :

The basal half of the longest cerata is greyish brown then black. The black band between the yellow and the bluish white to grey terminal region can be thin, broad or absent.
    In Bergh's illustration, the whitish terminal part of each cerata is absent or not very obvious
    In Cerberilla annulata which also has yellow and black ceratal bands, the yellow and black are in reverse order.

References :

Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Cerberilla ambonensis
   Medslug Cerberilla ambonensis

Publications :

Bergh, L.S.R. (1905). Die Opisthobranchiata der Siboga-Expedition. Monographie 50 : 1-248, pls. 1-20

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