January 16, 2006
From: Krystian Bala
This one was spotted in July 2005 in Manado, North Sulawesi. What's it's name?
Is it a kind of Elysia?
Locality: Bunaken Marine Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Depth: 10-12 m. Length: 40 mm. July 2005. wall. Photographer: Krystian Bala
email@example.comBala, K.S., 2006 (Jan 16) Thuridilla flavomaculata from Bunaken, Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15555
The yellow spots are quite spectacular in this animal, so my first thought was to look for a name reflecting that such as flavo = yellow and punctata or maculata which both mean spotted in scientific Latin. I found both Thuridilla flavomaculata and Elysia flavomacula. I hope no one ever decides the two species belong in the same genus or we will have a couple of confusing names to keep separate!
Your animal is Thuridilla flavomaculata, another species we know little about.