June 29, 2005
From: Binyamin Koretz
Following up my previous message [#14014 ], here are some additional photos of the colorful aglajid slug which we saw recently for the first time, following the escape of the worm.
It looks to us most like a species of Philinopsis - what appears to be a pointed tail seems in the 3rd photo to be the double tail flaps curled up.
Locality: Eilat, Village Beach, Israel. Red Sea (Gulf of Eilat). Depth: 4 m. Length: ca. 2.5 cm. 06 June 2005. sand and rubble slope. Photographer: Binyamin and Shulamit Koretz
firstname.lastname@example.orgKoretz, B., 2005 (Jun 29) Aglajid sp. 7 from the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/14015
Thanks for these photos. I have delayed posting your essage for a while because I knew I had seen this animal before and was trying to find a reference. I have just realised there is no reference as it was an animal I saw in New Caledonia some time ago. I will post my photos when I get a chance.
It is definitely an aglajid but I think I would need to know something of its anatomy before deciding what genus to place it in. The distinctive cone-shaped pointed tail you mention, may be developed from the upper flaps of the posterior shield, but it is now a solid structure, quite unlike other aglajids. We'll call it Aglajid sp 7 for the time being.