October 21, 2003
From: Ross W. Gundersen
Here is another sea slug from Jamaica. As I said in my first message, all specimens were collected from St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, West Indies. Most specimens were collected using a light weight dredge and photographed by R. Gundersen.
Here is Spurilla neapolitana. Curved cerata and transverse markings on rhinophores. Dredged at 5m in Thallassia.
firstname.lastname@example.orgGundersen, R.W., 2003 (Oct 21) Spurilla creutzbergi? from Jamaica. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/11133
Note added 22 Oct 2003: see Colin Redfern's message about the 'real' S. creutzbergi.
I think this is what Marcus & Marcus (1970) called Berghia creutzbergi. They described this species from a single specimen from Curacao which they describe as
Alive 15mm long, brown with white spots on back and cerata. Tentacles had brown bases and white distal halves.... [In preserved specimen ] rhinophores beset with .. tubercles on all sides ..
I suspect some of the white spotted animals from the Caribbean which have been tentatively identified on the Forum as Spurilla neapolitana [see messages from Colombia - message 1, message 2] may also be Spurilla creutzbergi but I can't see enough detail in their rhinophores. Some, such as David Behrens animal from Belize, cannot be this species because the rhinophores are clearly ridged transversely.
Clearly this is another Caribbean group that could do with some anatomical work.
• Marcus, E, & Marcus, E. (1970) Opisthobranchs from Curacao and faunistically related regions. Studies on the Fauna of Curacao and other Caribbean Islands, 33: 1-129.