February 22, 2006
From: L. & D. Atkinson
A blackout interrupted us sending this at the same time as the Okenia purpurata message [#15897]. As you mentioned on the fact sheet we also found Okenia vena in the same Amathia tortuosa as the Okenia purpurata, over the same time period of the summer of 2000. We have not seen them again but keep looking in the hope they will turn up again, when the currents etc. are right. One of these appeared to be laying a white egg ring. Hope this is of interest.
Thanks as always for your wonderful work on the Sea Slug Forum. We have learnt a great deal since it started. Understanding these creatures has helped us find more nudibranchs and allowed us in turn to contribute information.
Locality: The Wall, Halifax Sponge Gardens, Marine Reserve Port Stephens, 10 metres, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific Ocean, 29 December 2000, Sand and rock wall covered in sponges, ascidians, hydroids and bryozoans. Length: 3 mm. Photographer: Leanne & David Atkinson.
Leanne & David Atkinson
firstname.lastname@example.orgAtkinson, L. & D., 2006 (Feb 22) Okenia vena from Port Stephens, NSW. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15907
Dear Leanne & David,
When you sent the Okenia purpurata message I wondered if O. vena was also there. They are not always found together, but they are both attracted to the same bryozoan. I'm glad you enjoy the Forum. Your contributions are providing us with much new information on this fascinating group of animals.