Class: Gastropoda Cuvier, 1795
Order: Nudibranchia Cuvier, 1817
Family: Aeolidiidae Gray, 1827
Baeolidia moebii (Bergh, 1888)
Collection: Agatti Island (10°51’58”N 72°10’57’’E); 10 m depth; 03.5.2018
Voucher No.: CMLRE IO/IT/GAS/00021 (alcohol preserved); CMLRE IO/IT/GAS/00022 (Formalin preserved)
Description: Body elongated and narrow towards the posterior end. Background colour brown with numerous white coloured spots on dorsum. Oral tentacles and lamellated rhinophores are speckled with irregularly spaced white spots. Oral tentacles white-tipped. A brown patch bordered with white on the head region between oral tentacles. Cerata arranged in 7–9 arches with 5 or 6 cerata on either side.
Biological association: None
Remarks: – The specimens were observed together under a small rock in the lagoon’s sandy substratum.
Distribution: Agatti Island, Lakshadweep, India. Also known from the Philippines, Hawaii, Cyprus, and Marshal Islands.
Identified by: Sudhanshu Dixit
Publication: Dixit, S.,Vishnu, K. V., Ameri, S., Manjebrayakat, H. & Saravanane, 2022. First record of Baeolidia moebii Bergh, 1888 (Nudibranchia: Aeolidiidae) from India based on integrative taxonomy. Journal of Conchology (2022), Vol.44 (3): 277 – 286