October 21, 2000
From: Chad Sisson
Concerning your message. This past summer I found an extraordinarily large Dendronotus frondosus in Eastport, Maine. I collected an egg mass an was surprised to find that some of the capsules had 2 embryos. I have never seen this before in this species, and attribute it to the enormous size of the parent. The double embryo capsules developed normally and hatched with their siblings, but I do not know if they were metamorphically competent because they are planktotrophic larvae. The hatched veligers did have a shell much larger than any other D. frondosus larvae I have collected.
Unfortunately, I do not have photos or any other data to share, but if I see it again I will let you know.
email@example.comSisson, C., 2000 (Oct 21) Re: Opisthobranch ova & capsules. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3218
Thanks for the information. I think your reply arrived within 15 minutes of me posting Cynthia's message. That must be a bit of a record!