Kalinga ornata from NSW, Australia
November 17, 2009
From: Kristy Nash
I found this sea slug washed up on a local beach on the mid north coast of NSW. I have tried to ID it but cannot find an exact match anywhere in my text books or on-line. The closest match I have found is a dendrodorid. Can anybody help ID this guy?
Locality: Port Macquarie, on shore, NSW, Pacific, 14 Nov 2009, floating in the shallows on shore. Length: approx 8-19 cm. Photographer: Kristy Nash.
email@example.comNash, K., 2009 (Nov 17) Kalinga ornata from NSW, Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22795
This strange-looking dorid nudibranch is Kalinga ornata. It has been found in various places throughout the warm water regions of the Indian and West Pacific oceans. Have a look at the attached messages for other photos of this species. I suspect it is rarely seen because it lives in off-shore soft sediments [sand, sandy mud] and is only seen when storms wash it ashore.
We know nothing about its biology or natural history.
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