July 26, 2000
From: Lindsay Warren
The first specimen of this Elysiidae was found by Doug Philpott on 4 June 1999 at a depth of 15 m on algae growing over some dead coral on a wall of Pulau Hoga [Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia - Operation Wallacea]. Size: 3 mm. The second specimens were found by Rich Smith measuring 4 mm and pictures of one of these are attached.
Body and rhinophores are covered in short white capped projections giving it a very lumpy appearance. The parapodia are rather unusual in that they have two 'lobes' to each side. The lower part of the parapodia and the body are pale green with a patch of orange just behind the rhinophores. The outer 'lobes' of the parapodia are pale beige. There are a few 'splatterings' of black behind the rhinophores. The top half of the
rhinophores are white with while speckling on the green of the lower area.
Photos: Lindsay Warren.
Do you know its identity?
All the best
firstname.lastname@example.orgWarren, L., 2000 (Jul 26) Elysia from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2754
With an animal so small it is difficult to know whether the shape is a juvenile feature. Clay Carlson has suggested such a thing in an earlier message about Elysia sp. 3, which is another species which also has these unusual bilobed parapodia.
Sorry, but I will have to leave any attempt at identity to one of our sacoglossan experts.