Tenellia lugubris (Bergh, 1870) [Cratena]

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Tenellia lugubris has a broad body with a wide head. The cerata are nodulose, translucent tan, with many swellings, the apex is opaque white. Tenellia lugubris is almost always found associated with the coral Porites on which it feeds. It grows up to 40 mm length. It is able to autotomise (break off) their cerata when disturbed or roughly handled.
This species was posted on 7 February 2011 at these websites as Phestilla lugubris (Bergh, 1870) [Cratena],
Cella et al. (2016) moved it to the Genus Tenellia  A. Costa, 1866 in the Family Fionidae  J.E. Gray, 1857.
Kristen Cella, Leila Carmona, Irina Ekimova, Anton Chichvarkhin, Dimitry Schepetov & Terrence M. Gosliner (2016)
A Radical Solution: The Phylogeny of the Nudibranch Family Fionidae.
PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167800. doi:10.137 1/journal .pone.0167800
The above publication is completely online, open access, CC-license
More information on Tenellia lugubris as Phestilla lugubris are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2016), published 18 December 2016, Tenellia lugubris (Bergh, 1870)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Dexiarchia/Tenellia_lugubris.htm