Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

First record of Spurilla neapolitana (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Aeolidiidae) on the central coast of Peru (Humboldt Current Upwelling Ecosystem)

Roberto A. Uribea1 c1 and Aldo S. Pachecoa2

a1 Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias Aplicadas Mención Sistemas Marinos Costeros, Universidad de Antofagasta, Avenida Angamos 601, PO Box 170, Antofagasta, Chile

a2 Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas, Universidad de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile


Members of the genus Spurilla are nudibranchs with circumtropical distribution. Spurilla neapolitana is reported for the first time inhabiting subtidal soft-bottom habitats of the central coast of Peru. Adult specimens were found in Bahía Ferrol (09°04′S 78°35′W) at 10 m depth in November of 2009. Spurilla neapolitana is characterized by the presence of a long body with numerous cerata along the dorsal side of the body and a distinctive orange colouring with white dots. This finding extends the geographical range of Spurilla spp. into the south-eastern Pacific and adds a new contribution to the macro-mollusc diversity thriving in the Humboldt Current Upwelling Ecosystem.

(Received September 03 2011)

(Accepted November 22 2011)