March 12, 2005
From: Cory Pittman
Here're some shots of a Discodoris schmeltziana from Maui, Hawaii collected on October 11, 2003. Pauline Fiene found it under a waterlogged log at a depth of 9-14 m while we were diving in a Halimeda incrassata bed about 3.5 km north of Hekili Point. The photos are mine. The third shot is a crop of a close-up included to confirm that the brown flecks are pigment rather than debris. The size wasn't recorded (it was one on those "I thought she'd measured it and she thought I had" situations) but I recall it as around 25 to 30 mm.
Locality: about 3.5 km north of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Depth: 9 to 14 meters. Length: about 25 to 30 mm. 11 October 2003. Halimeda incrassata bed growing in sand with some scattered coral rubble and debris. Photographer: Cory Pittman
Glad the forum is back up!
Pittman, C.C., 2005 (Mar 12) Re: Discodoris schmeltziana from Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13324
Thanks for these photos, especially the underside. There seems to be a number of species with this bright yellow underside. It is interesting how the underside of the mantle is translucent with a close speckling of irregular yellowish patches. I guess the white underside with large yellow spots and small dark spots in the original painting [by Garrett I assume] is artistic licence?
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