February 7, 2008
From: Hugues Flodrops
Concerning message #20597:
Dear Bill, Gary,and nudibranch fanatics,
One year after Gary found Thuridilla vatae, I found it at Reunion Island (another ocean) - the first Thuridilla vatae.
It's seems to be a T. vatae but the majority of the rhinophores are red/orange rather than white like Thuridilla albopustulosa. A present for Christmas, near a Thuridilla endemic to the Indian Ocean called T. virgata [see message #21323].
Locality: Pool of Grande Anse, 1 metre, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, 25 December 2007, Muddy and Night. Length: 20 mm. Photographer: Hugues Flodrops.
email@example.comFlodrops, H., 2008 (Feb 7) Thuridilla vatae from Reunion Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21346
It's nice to have a photo of an Indian Ocean example of T. vatae. In Gosliner's 1995 revision of the genus he records this species from both Reunion Island and South Africa. I think the reason the rhinophores seem too orange in your photo is that the rhinophores are somewhat retracted so the orange band at the tip seems proportionally larger than usual.
Gosliner, T.M. (1995) The genus Thuridilla (Opisthobranchia: Elysiidae) from the tropical Indo-Pacific, with a revision of the phylogeny and systematics of the Elysiidae. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 49(1): 1-54.