October 10, 2005
From: Colin Ogden
I have another nudi that is confusing me.
Locality: Sodwana Bay, South Africa. Indian Ocean coast. Depth: 16 metres. Length: 5 mm. 1 October 2005. Coral reef. Photographer: Colin Ogden
At first I thought it was a tiny Hexabranchus sanguineus, but on further thinking, the closest I can come is the Hypselodoris maculosa. I am not happy about this so please can you help.
Thanks a ton
email@example.comOgden, C., 2005 (Oct 10) Thorunna australis from South Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/14907
This certainly has the look of a juvenile Hexabranchus [message #14676], but I am glad you decided it wasn't, because this is a new find for the western Indian Ocean. It is Thorunna australis, which is at present known only from the western Pacific and Indonesian Archipelago. The orange bands on the gills and rhinophores, the rounded posterior end of the mantle with small rounded mantle glands, and the general colour pattern, are good characters for this species. Have a look at the Chromodoris decora colour group Fact Sheet
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