Liloa curta? from Samoa

September 5, 2000
From: Don Barclay

Dear Bill (and Clay and Patty Jo),

Here's a little haminoeid I collected today that I can't positively identify. It looks fairly similar to your photos of Liloa curta, except that the shell appears to be more inflated and smoothly curved instead of almost cylindrical. I can also clearly see striations on the shell of the animal on your Liloa curta page, but I can't see any on the one I collected, except possibly a single line about a third of the way back from the head.

Collected 1 September 2000, 1530 local time, low tide, under a mossy slab just off the beach on reef flat with scattered sand areas, near a freshwater seep in less than one meter of water.
Amanave village, American Samoa.
Shell measured 6.2mm, extended animal approximately 10mm.
Your opinion appreciated, as always!


Barclay, D., 2000 (Sep 5) Liloa curta? from Samoa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Don,
Bubble shells are quite difficult to identify from live animal photos because most were originally described from dead shells. The shells are often difficult to tell apart, with little sculpturing, and often animals from quite different families can have almost identically shaped shells.

That is not to say I don't want live animal photos - of course I do. It just would have been a lot easier for us, if we could ignore names based on empty shells. If it can be identified from photos of the animal, Clay & Patty Jo are the most likely people to be able to do it.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Sep 5). Comment on Liloa curta? from Samoa by Don Barclay. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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