February 14, 2006
From: C. Carlson & P-J Hoff
Concerning message #15755:
Here are some more examples to go along with the unknown from the N. Marianas. The animals can be quite variable relative to the amount of green pigmentation as well as the number and intensity of the lateral lines. The pink on top of the head has been common to all we have seen. The Saipan animal shown here appears to have an 'inflated' pericardium relative to the other specimens we have seen. Radula is serrate. Host is Chlorodesmis fastigiata.
Upper two photos: San Antonio,, reef flat, Saipan, North Mariana Ids, Pacific, 27 December 1985. Length: 14 mm. Photographer: Carlson & Hoff
Lower photo: 6 mm; Guam, Bile Bay, Reef Flat; 5 March 1990. Photographer: Carlson & Hoff
Clay Carlson & Patty Jo Hoff
firstname.lastname@example.orgCarlson, C & Hoff, P-J., 2006 (Feb 14) Re: Unknown elysiid from Nthn Mariana Ids. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15794
Thanks for these photos. They certainly show it is quite variable in colour. It's surprising such as distinctive colour pattern has not been described before - perhaps it has under an extreme colour variant.
Perhaps Kathe has some ideas