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Taxonavigation: Fionoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Classis: Gastropoda
Subclassis: Heterobranchia
Infraclassis: Euthyneura
Subterclassis: Ringipleura
Superordo: Nudipleura
Cladus: Nudibranchia
Cladus: Dexiarchia
Cladus: Cladobranchia
Cladus: Aeolidida
Superfamilia: Fionoidea

Familia: Trinchesiidae
Genus: Phestilla
Species (4): P. lugubris – P. melanobrachia – P. minor – P. panamica
[source: WoRMS]


  • Phestilla Bergh, 1874


primary references[edit]

  • Bergh 1874: J. Mus. Godeffroy, Heft 6, 91.

selected references[edit]

  • Ritson-Williams, R.; Shjegstad, S.; Paul, V. 2003: Host specificity of four corallivorous Phestilla nudibranchs (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia). Marine ecology progress series, 255: 207–218. abstract and pdf
  • Rudman, W.B. 1981: Further studies on the anatomy and ecology of opisthobranch molluscs feeding on the scleractinian coral Porites. Zoological journal of the Linnean Society 71(4): 373-412. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1981.tb01136.x Reference page
  • Host shift and speciation in a coral-feeding nudibranch.
  • Progressive coral tissue mortality following predation by a corallivorous nudibranch (Phestilla sp.).
  • Larval metamorphic competence in four species of Phestilla (Gastropoda; Opisthobranchia).
  • Larval metamorphosis of Phestilla spp. in response to waterborne cues from corals.