Pleurobranchus from Canary Ids

April 12, 2000
From: Erwin Koehler

Dear Bill,
This photo is from Gran Canaria Island, Spain, [Canary Ids, off west african coast] taken by Arthur J. Telle,

Size about 6 cm,
depth 1 m,
June 1998.

I think it looks like the photo of Pleurobranchus garciagomezi Cervera, Cattaneo-Vietti & Edmunds, 1996 in Peter Wirtz's paper "Opisthobranch Molluscs from the Madeira Archipelago" (1999) Vita Marina 46(1-2):1-18 at


Koehler, E., 2000 (Apr 12) Pleurobranchus from Canary Ids. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Erwin,
It certainly looks like the photo in Peter Wirtz's paper, but in the paper it is just identified as Pleurobranchus sp. There is a note that he has sent speciens to Lucas Cervera so perhaps Lucas identified it as Pleurobranchus garciagomezi.

I'll ask Lucas to give us his opinion on this species and the two other pleurobranchs from the Canary Ids [Pleurobranchaea sp. 1; Berthellina sp. 1] that you have sent.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Apr 12). Comment on Pleurobranchus from Canary Ids by Erwin Koehler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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