Tritonia striata from Cyprus ?

June 2, 2008
From: Helmut Carl Simak

Concerning message #20142:

I wonder which species of Tritonia this may be. My guess is Tritonia striata but could be anything else of course. I am do not an expert on marine life but am a happy and sometimes lucky hobby photographer instead.

Locality: Cynthiana Beach Hotel Paphos, 40 cm, Cyprus, Mediteranean Sea, 03. May 2008, Small reef 15 m off the coast. Length: 16 mm. Photographer: Helmut Carl Simak.

The third picture shows some soft corals nearby on which the slug may prey on.

Helmut Carl Simak
Waidmannsdorferstr. 16/7
A 9020 Klagenfurt

Simak, H. C., 2008 (Jun 2) Tritonia striata from Cyprus ?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Helmut,

I am not an expert on the Mediterranean fauna but I would agree with your identification as T. striata. There is another species there with a lined colour pattern, but that species - T. lineata - the  lines are white. Congratulations on finding it - the background in your photos suggests it was not easy to see.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2008 (Jun 2). Comment on Tritonia striata from Cyprus ? by Helmut Carl Simak. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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