Babakina festiva and egg mass.2009 We held the nudibranch in a jar of cool seawater, hoping it would lay an egg mass. Today, three days after collecting the slug, it did!We're excited about this because virtually nothing is known about the biology of this or other species of Babakina, and observing its embryonic development and morphology at hatching are a good start. Uploaded by Muelly. Courtesy of the authorJeff Goddard, USA (Copyright Jeff Goddard, USA) Image detail
Babakina festiva, commonly known as Single-stalk Aeolis, has translucent body colour with pink, purple, red or reddish-brown.On each side of the body are about 100 cerata.The reddish-brown digestive gland extends into the cerata. The reddish-brown rhinophores with 34-43 leaf-like lamellae arise from a single median stalk and have a Y-shaped appearance.
This Aeolid can be found in tidepools and shallow waters on rocky open coasts in warm temperate water.
Babakina festiva feeds on a wide variety of organisms, including the hydroids, bryozoans and tunicates.
Similar species are :
Babakina anadoni (Spain, Bahamas, Brazil)