APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Aeolidia filomenae Kienberger, Carmona, Pola, Padula, Gosliner & Cervera, 2016*
*Explanation at the foot
of this column.

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- dorsal view 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- dorsal view anterior 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- dorsal view anterior 2

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- dorsal view 2

Specimen above found at Chimney Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall, 14.02.17.

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- variation of colour 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- dorsal view 3

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- rolled-up in ball 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in middleshore pool 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in middleshore pool 2

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in middleshore pool 3

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in tank close-up 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in pool 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in pool close-up 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- in pool close-up head 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- out of water 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- eggs 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- eggs 2

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- eggs 3

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- eggs 4

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- feeding on anemones 1

Common grey sea slug
possibly Aeolidia filomenae
- feeding on anemones 2

*It is the opinion of two of the authors of the species that it is likely the images above represent Aeolidia filomenae Kienberger, Carmona, Pola, Padula, Gosliner & Cervera, 2016.

Aeolidia filomenae Kienberger, Carmona, Pola, Padula, Gosliner & Cervera, 2016 has recently been separated from Aeolidia papillosa after a recent molecular study of the species.

I will endeavor to find specimens of Aeolidia filomenae and Aeolidia papillosa to photograph in detail. However, I am told that the only sure way of identifying each species is by sequencing, so these species could be extremely difficult to tell apart, especially in SW England as no material was sequenced in the recent study. It is therefore not known if we have Aeolidia filomenae or Aeolidia papillosa, or both here.

I personally feel that specimens from the SW should be recorded as Aeolidia papillosa untill more is known about both species or until more are sequenced. It is also possible that more cryptic species may be found within Aeolidia papillosa.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Helping to understand, identify, record, and conserve molluscs.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Aeolidia filomenae papillosa Common Grey Sea Slug
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.