February 23, 2007
From: Wendy Carey
It looks like we have the Cerberilla mosslandica here on Vancouver Island! I've had Jackie Hildering and Sandra Millan from the Zoology Dept at University of British Columbia give me the thumbs up on it. You are free to use the pictures to post, just let me know you are using them, what for and please give me credit for the photos.
They were found in Maple Bay on Vancouver Island, near Duncan, British Columbia, Canada on February 11th 2007 at a depth of 30 feet at about 6:30 pm, we also spotted them at midnight the week before. The size was about 5-6 mm. They were found in pairs on a sandy bottom some burying themselves. Thanks for keeping the records for ourselves and future generations.
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Carey, W., 2007 (Feb 23) Cerberilla mosslandica here on Vancouver Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19378
Thanks for this nice find which I am pretty sure extends the range of this species north of the border. It's not quite as spectacular as some of the tropical species of Cerberilla, but I find all the genus fascinating. The only species we know anything about is the Mediterranean Cerberilla bernadettae, which Tardy studied so diligently. From his work we think that all species feed on burrowing sea anemones, but it would be nice to have some more evidence. One problem with studying the biology of these animals is that they spend most of their life buried, hidden from the prying eyes of biologists. Now that you have found a population, perhaps you could encourage a student from UBC to take them on as a project.