Re: Hitch-hiking Melibe engeli

February 1, 2004
From: Todd Gardner

Concerning Hitch-hiking Melibe engeli. Does this species have a pelagic larval stage? I'm wondering what it's chances are of successful reproduction in a coral tank.
Todd Gardner

Gardner, T., 2004 (Feb 1) Re: Hitch-hiking Melibe engeli. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Todd,
From the small size of its eggs [see my earlier message] I would suspect it has planktonic larvae which would make tank breeding pretty difficult even if you had a couple of adults to start with. However since it will feed happily on Artemia nauplii it would be a much more practical nudibranch to keep in an aquarium than a sponge, hydroid or bryozoan-feeder.
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2004 (Feb 1). Comment on Re: Hitch-hiking Melibe engeli by Todd Gardner. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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