Costasiella ocellifera from Bahamas

March 3, 2004
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
Here is another sacoglossan from the Bahamas: Costasiella ocellifera. I saw it in quite large numbers in Exuma, just near Anne DuPont's boat and I found one specimen in the Northern Bahamas.

One of the attached photos shows this species on its alga and you could see how well this species is hidden in its environment. So, I don't need to explain you why I had to move them on a neutral place to have visible photos.

Upper & Lower right: Great Exuma, Bahamas, Western Atlantic. Site: Stocking Island, Hole n°2. Depth: 1m. 5 February, 2004. Size: 5-6mm long.
Lower left: Bimini Islands, Bahamas, Western Atlantic. Site: Bimini Road. Depth: 2m. 12 February, 2004. Length: 5mm.
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Poddubetskaia, M., 2004 (Mar 3) Costasiella ocellifera from Bahamas. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Marina,
As your photo alongside shows, these animals are quite hard to see when on their food plant.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

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