Hypselodoris maridadilus in Gulf of Oman, UAE

July 23, 2008
From: Yahia Mokhtar

Concerning message #18676:

Hypselodoris maridadilus

Just about the statement "At presently known only from the western Indian Ocean from Tanzania, Kenya, Red Sea and Mauritius", the attached photos were taken in Fujairah, UAE in the Arabian Gulf/Indian Ocean.

The two animals are feeding on a blue sponge.

Locality: Shark-Island, Khurr-Fakkan, 12m, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Arabian Gulf/Indian Ocean, 11 January 2008, Rocks. Length: 25mm. Photographer: Yahia Mokhtar.



Mokhtar, Y., 2008 (Jul 23) Hypselodoris maridadilus in Gulf of Oman, UAE. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21725

Dear Yahia,

Thanks for the record. I will change my comments on its distribution on the Fact Sheet. While it's a great pleasure to be able to continually add new information to the Forum, it's combined with the pain of continaully having to update the Fact Sheets. Sometimes I am diligent but other times I am diverted by the need to post new messages. I hope most regular visitors realise, the Forum is continually growing, so the best way to find the latest on a species is to read through the recent messages attached to each Fact Sheet. Not all the information we have on a species is necessarily summarised in the Fact Sheet

Thanks also for the feeding record. We only have one other record of this species feeding on the Forum - and that was a guess by me from quite a blurry photo. Your photo confirms that it feeds on a dysideid sponge, which is what most species of Hypselodoris do. But we only know what they 'usually do' because of the help of observers like you.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2008 (Jul 23). Comment on Hypselodoris maridadilus in Gulf of Oman, UAE by Yahia Mokhtar. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21725

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