Melibe sp. from Japan

October 18, 2000
From: Nishina Masayoshi

Dear Dr.Rudman,

This is Nishina, I've been to Hachijo Island
in Japan at last weekend [Oct 2000]. I found a Melibe. This was the first time I have seen it with my own eyes. I like it very much though it's not colorful.

Masayoshi, N., 2000 (Oct 18) Melibe sp. from Japan. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Nishina,
As you say, the species of Melibeare not very colourful, but despite that they are very fascinating to watch. The way they move along, using their oral hood to feel for little crustaceans to eat, almost makes them seem to have an intelligence.

I am afraid I can't see enough of the animal to be sure of its identity, although it is one of the species with many papillae on the body. Could you give me some idea of how long it was alive? Perhaps Terry Gosliner can give us his opinion.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Oct 18). Comment on Melibe sp. from Japan by Nishina Masayoshi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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