Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 579–584 | Cite as

The southernmost record of Felimida elegantula (Philippi, 1844) (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia)

  • Giulia FurfaroEmail author
  • Marco Oliverio
  • Paolo Mariottini
Short Communication


The southernmost record of the Mediterranean nudibranch Felimida elegantula (Philippi, 1844) is reported here. A single specimen, with a colour pattern that hampered an easy morphological identification, was collected at the Kerkennah Islands (Tunisia). DNA-barcoding analysis (with the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I genetic marker) unambiguously confirmed its identification, and radular and anatomical features conformed with those previously described. With this record, the chromatic polymorphism of F. elegantula is demonstrated to be extremely large and the known range of the species is extended to the African coast of Tunisia.


DNA barcoding Mollusca Nudibranch Felimida New record Mediterranean 



We are grateful to Egidio Trainito (Olbia, Italy) for providing F. elegantula photographs. We wish to thank the University of Roma Tre for financial support and for access to the Electron Microscopy Interdepartmental Laboratory, and to two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giulia Furfaro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marco Oliverio
    • 2
  • Paolo Mariottini
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di ScienzeUniversità “Roma Tre”RomeItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin”Università di Roma “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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