June 8, 2000
From: Akos Lumnitzer
Here is Chelidonura inornata from North Solitary Island, September 1998. It was in 15 meters of water. We have also seen these at two places in Sydney [off Shark Point, Clovelly and Oak Park, Cronulla] this season.
firstname.lastname@example.orgLumnitzer, A., 2000 (Jun 8) Chelidonura inornata feeding?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2525
I have been asked why I encourage people to send me more photos of species I already have photos of. This photo is a great example of the value of 'more' photos. It may just look like another photo of Chelidonura inornata on Porites coral but I think it is much more than that. Can you see the darker brown patches on the coral? I have pointed an arrow at one of them. They are a cluster? herd? of acoel flatworms, which often occur in 'plague' proportions on colonies of corals and soft corals in the tropics.
For years I have puzzled over why species of Chelidonura are often found, (and photographed), crawling over coral colonies. It seems that they are in fact hunting for these flatworms [see Chelidonura varians page.] which they eat. Your photo is the first one I have seen with a Chelidonura in close proximity to these flatworms. In fact your animal seems to have really struck gold!
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