June 20, 2007
From: Lynda Clarke
Could you please help us to identify this nudibranch, which was photgraphed by my buddy.
Locality: Julian Rocks, 10 to 15 metres, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific, 15 December 2006, rocky reef, vert wall t= 22degrees. Length: 2 to 3cms. Photographer: Andrew Green.
firstname.lastname@example.orgClarke, L., 2007 (Jun 20) Digidentis perplexa from nthn New South Wales. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19399
This looks a bit like the very variable species Thorunna florens, but details of the colour pattern such as the way the orange pigment lies on the gills and the rhinophores is wrong. My first thought was Digidentis perplexa and on reflection I am pretty sure that's what it is, which is quite interesting since it is a southern Australian species which is not usually found in New South Wales, and certainly not as far north as Julian Rocks.