February 18, 2004
From: Gary Cobb
Please find another species I couldn't identify found off Noosa, sthn Queensland, Australia. This one appeared to me to be Glossodoris and is really beautiful with the tourquoise colour under the cream lumps. Richard Willan has identified it for me as Glossodoris aeruginosa. He said he had found it at Tangalooma and Heron Island.
Locality: off Noosa, north end of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Depth: 14m, on small rocky outcrop
Water temp: 24C
How come this animal is not on the Forum? It has got to be one of the most beautiful Glossodoris I have seen!
Cobb, G., 2004 (Feb 18) Glossodoris aeruginosa from sthn Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12237
These are indeed beautiful photos of a beautiful species. Why isn't it on the Forum? Same reason as why many other species aren't there - too little time! The Fact Sheet has been half-finished since early 2003 so your message has been the catalyst for me completing it.
There are very few records of this species since the first from New Caledonia. We have a couple of new records from the Great Barrier Reef in the Museum's collections, and there are those in Marshall & Willan (1999).