Japan Sea collecting

September 22, 1999
From: Shigeru Hayashi

Dear Dr.Rudman
Here is our first contribution.

We are an amateur group, the Takaoka Biological Club, which has been investigating and studying Opisthobranchia continuously on the Japan Sea, since 1950, receiving guidance from Dr. Baba and Dr.Hamatani. We are at present putting in order all the information that we have accumulated over the past 50 years and we would like to contribute information on the Japan Sea to your site.

By the way, we carry your site address in an article of our magazine JANOLUS No.100. I am in charge of the public relations of our group. We are at present wrestling with the problems of making a web page.

Best wishes,
Shigeru Hayashi
'Takaoka Biological Club'


Hayashi, S., 1999 (Sep 22) Japan Sea collecting. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1357

Dear Shigeru,
Your message is very welcome. I have often noticed in the publications of Dr Baba and Dr Hamatani, the contributions Biological Clubs have made to their studies, in finding interesting specimens and making important observations on aspects of the natural history of opisthobranchs.

I would like any information and photos you would like to share with us. The work of Dr Baba and others have made the Japanese fauna particularly important to other workers in other parts of the Pacific because he has described so many species. While many of these species are easy to identify from his descriptions and published illustrations, some are more difficult to determine. Photos then of even the most common Japanese animals would be of great value in helping us to understand your fauna and to understand how much variation occurs in particular species throughout the region.

Your separate message on Elysia abei is a good example. Although it is obviuosly very common in Japan, I have never seen a photo of it. We have a number of unnamed species of Elysia in eastern Australia, and I will now be able to compare them with your photograph to see if this species also occurs in Australia.

I look forward to further contributions from your club,
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Sep 22). Comment on Japan Sea collecting by Shigeru Hayashi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1357

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