September 13, 2007
From: Bill Rudman
In my earlier message [#20708] I mentioned the close association that the newly-named Ercolania kencolesi has with the algae Boergesenia forbesii, which it crawls inside to eat. Here are a couple of photos the authors have given me permission to post on the Forum which show that the slug also lays their egg ribbons inside the algae.
PHOTOS:Living animals from Lizard Island, Nth Queensland, Australia. Upper: Egg masses laid 3 days after animal entered algal cell. Lower: Animal and egg mass laid 2 days after animal entered algal cell . Photos with permission from Grzymbowski, Y., Stemmer, K. & Wagele, H, (2007).
Bill RudmanRudman, W.B., 2007 (Sep 13) Ercolania kencolesi egg-laying. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20709
Ercolania kencolesi from Great Barrier Reef
From: Bill Rudman, September 5, 2008
Re: Another internal cell feeding Ercolania
From: Bill Rudman, September 13, 2007
Another internal cell feeding Ercolania
From: C. Carlson & P.J. Hoff , March 9, 2000