Re: Hypselodoris apolegma with a parasite from Bali

December 8, 2006
From: Leslie Harris

Concerning message #18904:

Hi Bill, Mike --
This is a fairly common Cyproidea amphipod judging by the number of images of it on the web. Unfortunately I've yet to see a specific name associated with the animal. Most of the pictures show the amphipod on the blue ascidian Rhopalea. There is one shot by Roberto Sozzani in which two pods are sitting on a Phyllidia coelestis. Roberto called it a parasite but I agree with Bill's opinion - the pods are just having a joy ride. The second link has some lovely macro images taken by Jim Watt.

http://www.robertosozzani.it/Manado/contnudy4.html
http://www.kararu.com/gallery/seminars/2003/jim_watt/index.html

Cheers,
Leslie

lharris@nhm.org

Harris, L.H., 2006 (Dec 8) Re: Hypselodoris apolegma with a parasite from Bali. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/18965

Thanks Leslie,
My heart said amphipod but my brain said 'probably a tricky isopod'. Nice to know my heart is ok!

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Dec 8). Comment on Re: Hypselodoris apolegma with a parasite from Bali by Leslie Harris. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/18965

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