July 20, 2006
From: Gary Cobb
Hi Bill and everyone,
Just thought you might be interested in a new record for southern Queensland. Colpodaspis thompsoni found in 16 m of water, at a site called Hanging Rock, inner Gneerings.
Locality: Hanging Rock, inner Gneerings, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast, 16 m, Queensland, Pacific Ocean, 20 May 2006, Subtidal. Length: 5 mm. Photographer: Gary Cobb.
In one of the photos I have inserted arrows to indicate the split tail [A] and the gills [B] . This animal is very interesting!! So small and to go diving and spot it was quite a thrill. One more thing, our new book, Undersea Jewels has gone to the ABRS and they are very excited about it, due for printing in July this year. Will keep you posted.
firstname.lastname@example.orgCobb, G.C., 2006 (Jul 20) Colpodaspis thompsoni in southern Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16678
Nice to fill in another gap in its wide distribution. The 'split tail' you mention is a groove along the sole of the foot from a large mucus gland sitting in the midline about halfway down the sole of the foot. I assume the mucus is used to form a sticky thread [or safety line] to keep the animal attached to the substrate.
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