Re: Identity of Belize aeolid

August 24, 1999
From: Terry Gosliner

Dear Bill,
The Caribbean aeolid is Pauleo jubatus which feeds on gorgonians. It was described by Sandra Millen and Jeff Hamann in 1992. The reference is:
Millen, S. V. and J. C. Hamann. 1992 A new genus and species of Facelinidae (Opisthobranchia, Aeolidacea) from the Caribbean Sea. Veliger 35(3): 205-214. Glad to see you into the second millenium of messages. May the force continue to be with you.

Gosliner, T., 1999 (Aug 24) Re: Identity of Belize aeolid. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Terry,
Now I've looked at Veliger again, I remember reading that paper with interest. It obviously has much in common with Phyllodesmium, but the functional cnidosacs are definitely different. Most octocoral-feeding nudibranchs feed on those with symbiotic zooxanthellae, because on the whole, those species have few nematocysts, or the nematocysts are not a problem for the nudibranch. I wonder if Pauleo jubatus's food, Plexaurella has symbiotic zooxanthellae and/or functional nematocysts.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Aug 24). Comment on Re: Identity of Belize aeolid by Terry Gosliner. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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