Pleurobranchaea meckelii from Senegal

January 21, 2006
From: Marina Poddubetskaia Ossokine

Dear Bill,
Last June I spent 2 weeks diving in Senegal. This stay was full of surprises and I saw in Dakar more species than in 2003. I found large numbers of this Pleurobranchaea on a deep wreck. If I understand well, we can identify these guys only from their geographical distribution and the species which seems to fit better Senegalese animals is Pleurobranchaea meckelii. Please, tell me if I'm right with this ID.
Also, I add here a photo of the egg-ribbon : they were very numerous all around these specimens.

Locality: 'Nimes' (wreck), Dakar, Senegal Atlantic Ocean, Depth: 33 m. Length od animals: 50 - 65 mm. Egg ribbon:  25 mm high. 4-5 June 2005. deep wreck. Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Poddubetskaia Ossokine, M., 2006 (Jan 21) Pleurobranchaea meckelii from Senegal. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Marina,
Sorry this has taken a while to post. I am finally getting a bit of time to deal with some of the backlog of messages. According to an earlier message from Lucas Cervera, it seems best to use Pleurobranchaea meckelii for this species at present.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Jan 21). Comment on Pleurobranchaea meckelii from Senegal by Marina Poddubetskaia Ossokine. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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