Facelina auriculata is a species of sea slug, an aeolid nudibranch in the family Facelinidae.
Facelinidae is a taxonomic family of colorful sea slugs. These are specifically aeolid nudibranchs. They are marine opisthobranch gastropodmolluscs.
(From Wikipedia, July 5th, 2010)
When fully grown this nudibranch may reach 38mm in length. The ground colour is translucent white and there is a rose coloured hue around the mouth. The animal’s red oesophagus is visible, just behind the rhinophores. There is an iridescent blue sheen on the head and ceratal surfaces that is characteristic of the species, but better developed in animals from deeper water. The oral tentacles are very long and the rhinophores are annulate. There are streaks of white pigment on both sets of tentacles. The cerata are also streaked with white, as is the tail of the animal.
Recorded from all around the British Isles and from Norway to the Mediterranean.
Known to feed on several hydroid species, but has mainly been found on Obelia geniculata on kelp fronds and on Tubularia. Found under boulders on shore as well as in the sublittoral.
(From EOL via Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland)