Liloa curta from the Red Sea

October 14, 2005
From: Binyamin Koretz

Dear Bill,
We thought these haminoeids were an Atys sp until we came across the Liloa curta page on the Forum, and they seem pretty identical to your photo from New Caledonia and Clay Carlson's photo from Guam.

The attached photos are of 3 different animals from 3 different dive sites in Eilat. We've found them on all kinds of substrate from grassy areas to coral heads to sand and rubble.

Locality: Eilat, Israel. Red Sea (Gulf of Eilat). Depth: 4-22 m. Length: up to 1.5 cm. Apr to Jul 2005. all types of locality. Photographer: Binyamin and Shulamit Koretz

I'm sorry to say we haven't yet succeeded in making any interesting observations on the species such as food or reproduction. We'll keep trying.
Best regards

Koretz, B., 2005 (Oct 14) Liloa curta from the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Binyamin,
From what we can see of the shell and general body morphology, H. curta would be a good bet. Most of those found on Guam have more magenta on the body but there are occasional much lighter ones. We do have 'whitish' forms from three areas in the Philippines.
Best wishes,
Clay Carlson & Patty Jo Hoff

Carlson, C. & Hoff, P-J., 2005 (Oct 14). Comment on Liloa curta from the Red Sea by Binyamin Koretz. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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