May 29, 2007
From: Mirjam Broos
I would like to know if this "creature" is a seaslug. If yes, what kind of seaslug is it?
Locality: Teluk Kambahu, Lembeh Strait, ?, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Celebes Sea, 10 october 2006, muckdiving. Length: ?. Photographer: Geert Prast.
firstname.lastname@example.orgBroos, M., 2007 (May 29) Is this a seaslug?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/18961
I must say when I first saw your photo I was a bit puzzled - and wished I could touch the animal. In the field, my first reaction to something puzzling - after watching it for a bit - is to gently touch it to see what it does. I am sure if I touched this it would have closed up because I think this is a bivalve of some sort - perhaps a Spondylus [= Thorny Oyster] a group which have spectacularly colourful and elaborate edges to the mantle flaps which line the inside of their shells, and in fact secrete the new shell as the animal grows.