Melibe with eggs from East Timor

December 7, 2006
From: Brian Francisco


Attached are a few photos of a Melibe having just laid a small spiral of eggs. This is one of about ten individuals encountered last night, not clustered together, but over a large sandy area.

Locality: Sandy Bottom, 13 meters, East Timor, Banda Sea, 30 November 2006, sandy slope. Length: 3 cm. Photographer: Brian Francisco.


Francisco, B., 2006 (Dec 7) Melibe with eggs from East Timor. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Brian,
Thanks for these photos of Melibe engeli. Of great interest to me is that the egg ribbon is identical in shape to one I photographed in New Caledonia  of this species [message #9356], even to the dextral coiling. It would certainly be interesting if we could find the egg ribbons of other species of Melibe to see if they were also species specific.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Dec 7). Comment on Melibe with eggs from East Timor by Brian Francisco. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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