Tambja morosa from East Timor

December 11, 2006
From: Nick Hobgood

Concerning message #17192:

Dr. Bill,

We ran across this individual on a wall dive this last weekend. I have gone through all the Tambja species pictures you have on SSF and came up with the closest match - Tambja morosa. Is this correct ?

Locality: Rocky coastline, 12 metres, East Timor, Banda Sea, 03 December 2006, Rocky wall. Length: 50mm. Photographer: Nick Hobgood.

You can see that in the top image the slug is in the middle of taking a bite out of a food item. I hope this helps with the ID.

Thanks for your help!

Nick

 

nick.hobgood@mac.com

Hobgood, N., 2006 (Dec 11) Tambja morosa from East Timor. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/18918

Dear Nick,
Although there is quite a bit of colour variation there doesn't seem to be any good reason to think there is more than one species in this group. Your animal in the top photo seems to be taking a bite on an arborescent bryozoan, which is the food of all species of Tambja.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Dec 11). Comment on Tambja morosa from East Timor by Nick Hobgood. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/18918

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