Trapania aurata? from Bali

November 17, 1998
From: Michael Miller

Note added 12 March 2008: These specimens match the recently named species Trapania vitta.

Picking up once again on the thread dealing with Trapania, you will find an attached pic of what is believed to be Trapania aurata (Colemans's Field

A number of these animals were seen at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia.  None were collected as they correlated rather closely with the picture in Coleman's Nudibranchs of the South Pacific.

Mike Miller

Miller, M.D., 1998 (Nov 17) Trapania aurata? from Bali. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Mike,
Thanks for the picture. I'm sorry you didn't collect some specimens as I have my doubts whether they are the same. Its not just that the Bali specimens are more reddish orange than yellow, but they lack any colour on their lateral processes.

Neville Coleman's illustrated specimens are probably the same as yours with no sign of colour on the lateral processes.

If you find them again I wouldn't mind having a look at some.

Best wishes,

Rudman, W.B., 1998 (Nov 17). Comment on Trapania aurata? from Bali by Michael Miller . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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