Cuthona fulgens from Carmel, CA

June 12, 2007
From: Clinton Bauder

Concerning message #14916:

Hi Bill and Dave,

Evidence suggests I learned a few new tricks while Alicia was in town two weeks ago as I had a pretty good day looking for small aeolids today. I'm pretty sure this one is Cuthona fulgens.

Locality: Carmel, 18 meters, CA, USA, Pacific, 03 June 2007, Rocky Reef (East Pinnacles in Carmel). Length: 2-3mm. Photographer: Clinton Bauder.


Bauder, C., 2007 (Jun 12) Cuthona fulgens from Carmel, CA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Hi Clinton,

Great find. Ali really knows how to tease out these little guys. Yes, this is Cuthona fulgens. The head is clear, rhinophores and head tentacles have a opaque white covering, ceratal cores brown, white specks on the cerata and a yellow band near the tip of each.

Can't tell if that is a hydroid or a bryozoan in the lower right photo, but this species feeds on the hydroid, Sarsia

Thanks for sharing this one, and keep up the good work,
Dave Behrens

Behrens, D.W., 2007 (Jun 12). Comment on Cuthona fulgens from Carmel, CA by Clinton Bauder. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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