Flabellina iodinea (Cooper, 1862)

Commonly called the Spanish Shawl, this large hydroid-eating species is very common and is one of the most striking nudibranchs we saw around the Channel Islands. The first specimen below was exposed on the substrate right where I dropped to the bottom on my first California dive. Thereafter, they could be seen on just about any dive at the islands, and were also common on Camby's reef just outside Santa Barbara harbor.

The next two shots show the animal with or near its pink egg mass.

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Created 15 November 2008

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