March 2, 2009
From: Brian Mayes
Concerning message #9455:
Here are some photos of Trapania euryeia eating a sponge. It also has no small white spots in the dark brown patches like those submitted by Jun Inamoto in March 2008.
By the way - I feel Terry Gosliner should rename this species, it should have been called 'Trapania friesian' after the cow it resembles. ;-)
Locality: Secret Bay, Anilao, 13 metres, Luzon, Philippines, South China Sea, 12 February 2009, Sandy. Length: 10 mm. Photographer: Brian Mayes.
email@example.comMayes, B.R., 2009 (Mar 2) Re: Trapania euryeia? from Amami Ooshima Islands, Japan.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22297
Yes it looks like this species is a bit variable in colour. Coming for a dairying country like New Zealand I appreciate your comment about Friesian cows - for those of you who don't a quick Google search will show you the close resemblance.
Concerning your comment that they feed on sponges. This is a common misapprehension based on their common association with certain sponges. Have a look at Sean Kearney's message [#19053] which shows that this species, like all the others we have information on, feed on microscopic stalked animals called kamptozoa, which live in association with the sponges.
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