NZ Mollusca

Fiona pinnata (Eschscholtz, 1831)

Fiona pinnata
Washed up in the Far North, on a plastic bottle covered in Goose Barnacles, ~20-25mm
Classification: Gastropoda - Opisthobranchia - Nudibranchia - Fionidae - Fiona
Family: FIONIDAE
Size/Grows to: Length 40mm (animal)
Distribution: North, South Chatham, Campbell Islands. Also Mediterranean Sea, Western Atlantic, California and Australia [A.C.F.M.An.]
Notes: Wide ranging pelagic species, attached to drifting kelp, wood or any other floating material
Some known Localities
  • Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Bethells Beach, Auckland, NZ
  • Sumner Beach, Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
References:
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W. 2015: Intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from northern North Island, New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 50 (p.73)
  • Willan, R.C. 1980: New Zealand locality records for the aeolid nudibranch Fiona pinnata (Eschscholtz), Tane, 25 (p.142)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.289)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.