Cuthona scintillans from New Zealand

September 11, 2007
From: Bill Rudman

To accompany Ian Skipworth's messages concerning Cuthona scintillans and Tularia bractea [ #20678, #20677] here is another of Michael C. Miller's photos of the New Zealand fauna. This is Cuthona scintillans, from the type locality at Devonport, Auckland.

Locality: On Tubularia larynx Paint raft, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. August 1962. Photo: M.C. Miller.

As Michael Miller discusses, there is considerable debate about just how many 'green' species of Cuthona there are world-wide. As this is part of the material he used to describe this species, his photo is a valuable record.

  • Miller, M.C. (1977) Aeolid nudibranchs (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) of the family Tergipedidae from New Zealand waters. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 60: 197-222.
  • Miller, M. C. (2004) An appraisal of the identity of the New Zealand species of the aeolid family Tergipedidae (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia). Journal of Natural History, 38: 1183-1192.

Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Sep 11) Cuthona scintillans from New Zealand. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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