Scyllaea pelagica from Florida

March 9, 2000
From: Anne DuPont

Hello Bill,

Hope all is going well with you.

A few weeks ago off Boca Raton, Florida, a fellow brancher found 5 Scyllaea pelagica on one large clump of Sargassum weed. One was a clear baby about 1/4 inch long, 2 were about 1 inch, 2 were about 2 inches and one little critter was almost 3 inches long!

They were all covered with hydroids (except for the baby). This is the first time I have seen them covered with hydroids and these
were the largest I've ever photographed. I'm sending you several photos. Let me know if you would like to see more.

Lower photo: This was the was about 3 inches long, February 20, Boca Raton, Florida.

Anne DuPont

Dupont, A., 2000 (Mar 9) Scyllaea pelagica from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

dear Anne,
Thanks for the great photos. I have put the hydroid photos in second message so I can easily display 4 of your photos.

Scyllaea is a very rare visitor down here so I feel I have learn't as much or more about this animal's shape and external features from your photos, than I have from books.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Mar 9). Comment on Scyllaea pelagica from Florida by Anne DuPont. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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