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Cratena peregrina
Cratena peregrina in its natural habitat
Anterior part
Cratena peregrina
Lateral view
Ventral view
Propodial tentacles
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Cratena peregrina (Gmelin, 1791)
Cratena peregrina is a medium sized aeolid nudibranch often found roaming on hydroids (Eudendrium sp.) in areas with constant water currents. It is a common species and easily seen in the field, its bright colours giving it away. It is often accompanied with Flabellina affinis, with which it may compete for food.

Propodial tentacles: Present, white in colour.
Oral tentacles: 2 in number, very long, tapering and recurved (like elephant tusks), white in colour.
Rhinophores: Long, smooth, almost transparent base with bright yellow to orange pigment at the upper area.
Cerata: Very long and thin, bright red with a purplish subterminal ring and a white tip.
Body: Aeoliid like, base colour is white with two characteristic bright yellow spots in the area between the oral tentacles and rhinophores.
Foot: White in colour without appendages.

Size range: 15-42mm. Common.

Specific characteristics: This species is easily identified in the field by the bright red cerata, yellow tipped rhinophores and the two yellow rectangular spots on the anterior dorsal area.

Identified by Dr. A Perrone.
40mm Mercanti reef 5-9m depth 9/07/92
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Ventral view
Lateral view of 40mm specimen
Cratena peregrina in its natural habitat
Detail of anterior area showing characteristic
yellow spots
Propodial tentacles, oral tentacles and rhinophores
40mm Mercanti reef 5-9m depth 9/07/92