September 21, 2009
From: Jeff Goddard
Concerning message #22574:
Those are indeed the eggs of Phyllaplysia taylori in Ken-ichi's image. They match what I have observed on Zostera in Morro Bay, CA and also match the written descriptions of Bertsch & Hirshberg (1973) and Bridges (1975) of the egg mass of this species. The eggs do not appear as dense as those of the more southerly P. padinae because they are much larger and develop directly into juveniles, while those of P. padinae develop into much smaller, planktotrophic veliger larvae.
Bertsch, H. and J. Hirshberg. 1973. Notes on the veliger of the opisthobranch Phyllaplysia taylori. The Tabulata (Santa Barbara Malacological Society), 6: 3-5.
Bridges, C. B. 1975. Larval development of Phyllaplysia taylori Dall, with a discussion of development in the Anaspidea (Opisthobranchia: Anaspidea). Ophelia 14: 161-184.
email@example.comGoddard, J.H.R., 2009 (Sep 21) Re: Phyllaplysia taylori (and eggs?) from Tomales Bay, California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22665
Phyllaplysia taylori (and eggs?) from Tomales Bay, California
From: Ken-ichi Ueda, September 10, 2009
Egg ribbon of Phyllaplysia taylori
From: Leo Shaw, June 2, 2008
Phyllaplysia taylori from British Columbia
From: Nicole LaForge, October 24, 2005