June 10, 2006
From: Ian Banks
This Tambja morosa was observed in a sheltered section near the surf zone on the Narrow Neck Artificial Reef. (Reef is constructed of 300 ton sand filled geotextile Containers) This is the only sea slug I have seen on this reef.
Locality: Narrow Neck Reef, Gold Coast, 4 metres, Queensland. Australia, Pacific Ocean, 2 January 2005, Artificial Reef in surf zone. Length: 6 cm. Photographer: Ian Banks.
Banks, I.W., 2006 (Jun 10) Tambja morosa from Gold Coast, Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16757
Thanks for this. It is a valuable confirmation of my earlier comment [message #10550] that in northern New South Wales and sthn Queensland [east coast Australia] the usual colour form of Tambja morosa is one with large black markings as in your animal.
You mention this is the only nudibranch you have seen on the artificial reef. Is it a fairly recent construction? Nuibranchs are usually found near their food, which varies in different groups from sponges, to ascidians, anemones, hydroids, and many other, often colonial, animals. If conditions are not quite right for their food, then the nudibranchs won't be there either.
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