Living Kalinga ornata

December 18, 2000
From: Tim Hochgrebe

Dear Bill,

This is my first posting to the Seaslug Forum. We have established a new divers retreat in Byron Bay, New South Wales, called PLANULA ( and I am in the water with my videocamera most days of the week. The other day on a safety stop around Julian Rock this "thing" came floating past me and I got some nice video sequences of it. It turned out to be Kalinga ornata as found on Neville Coleman's old Nudibranch book title page. I just thought I share these images with you and I might start posting to this beautiful resource more regularly.
Tim Hochgrebe

Hochgrebe, T., 2000 (Dec 18) Living Kalinga ornata. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Tim,
Thanks for the photos and the interesting observations. As you will have seen from Mary Jane Adam's earlier message, Kalinga is a bottom dweller, living in sandy mud habitats and has seldom been seen and photographed alive. I don't know if your observation of it floating past is a normal means of transportation, but I would suspect it may have got caught up in some current or tidal movement. It would be certainly interesting to hear of other similar observations.

I would welcome any other postings you would like to make to the Forum. It's a place where anyone interested in these animals can share their finds, their questions and their photos.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Dec 18). Comment on Living Kalinga ornata by Tim Hochgrebe. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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