July 10, 2006
From: Charles Raabe
This is yet another grass bed find for me, while I haven't actually seen a shell, it feels like it may have a small shell. I am assuming it is an algae eater going by its rasping mouth parts. An identification would be nice if possible. Thank you.
Locality: Mactan Island, 2 feet, Philippines, Indo Pacific, 14 June 2006, sea grass bed. Length: 1.5 inches. Photographer: Charles Raabe.
firstname.lastname@example.orgRaabe, C., 2006 (Jul 10) Another grass bed find from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16968
The green animal is Phanerophthalmus smaragdinus, a primitive herbivorous slug with an internal shell. The grey-black animal in your lower photo is quite different. It is a marine snail, with a flattened shell partially hidden by folds of skin on its back. Have a look at the Scutus page for more information.
Colour variation in Phanerophthalmus from Reunion.
From: Hugues Flodrops, October 12, 2007
Phanerophthalmus smaragdinus from Reunion Island
From: Philibert Bidgrain, February 23, 2006
Phanerophthalmus from Japan
From: Atsushi Ono, November 1, 1999