Spanish Shawl (Flabellina iodinea)

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Spanish Shawl

Spanish Shawl

Flabellina iodinea

114 Litres (30 US G.)

5.1-7.6cm (2-3 ")


8.1 - 8.4

21.1-25.6°C (70 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

0:0 M:F

Live Foods

2-3 years

Alternative names[edit]

Spanish Shawl


They are found off the west coast of the USA and Canada to the Galapagos islands.


Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, however they do not fertilise themselves when breeding and will pair up, with both individuals then laying eggs.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Not recommended for keeping in captivity due to their sensitivity.


Extremely fussy eaters, the Spanish Shawl feeds almost exclusively on hydroids.

Environment Specifics[edit]

Very delicate to changes in their environment. Requires an SG of 1.023-1.025.


Constantly on the prowl for food, they are a form of sea slug therefore move quite slowly and can be a target for boisterous fish.


One of the most elaborate Nudibranchs found off the west coast of the USA, it has a rich purple body with orange gills and scarlet rhinophores.


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