Chelidonura punctata from Thailand

April 18, 2006
From: Vie Panyarachun

I photograhed this animal a few days ago and would like a species ID please. Thank you.

Locality: Tachai Pinnacle near Ko Tachai, 13 metres, Thailand, Andaman Sea, 15 April 2006, hard coral/rubble. Length: approx. 2.5 cm. Photographer: Vie Panyarachun.

Vie Panyarachun

Panyarachun, V., 2006 (Apr 18) Chelidonura punctata from Thailand. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Vie,
This is a nice find. It is a species, Chelidonura punctata which was only known from East Africa until the Forum participants started finding it as far east as Burma and Thailand. It is a good example of how interested amateurs can play an important role in building up our knowledge of these animals.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Apr 18). Comment on Chelidonura punctata from Thailand by Vie Panyarachun. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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