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Tenellia minor (Rudman, 1981) [Phestilla]

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Tenellia minor is a small species, seldom more than 9 mm long. It is translucent white with opaque white markings on the notum and cerata. The cerata have two club-like swellings, one near the outer end and the other at the apex. Tenellia minor is almost always found associated with the coral Porites on which it feeds. The egg mass of Tenellia minor is semicircular, "sausage-shaped", and usually laid alongside the coral colonies.
This species was posted on 9 April 2010 at these websites as Phestilla minor  Rudman, 1981,
Cella et al. (2016) moved it to the Genus Tenellia  A. Costa, 1866 in the Family Fionidae  J.E. Gray, 1857.
Reference:
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 minor as Phestilla minor are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2016), published 16 December 2016, Tenellia minor (Rudman, 1981)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Dexiarchia/Tenellia_minor.htm