Re: Bahama slugs

February 14, 2001
From: Anne DuPont

Dear Marli,

I saw your posting on the Sea Slug Forum, 'Bahama slugs'. Take a look at the Austraeolis catina page. It looks very like your undescribed Facelina. I have photographed this nudibranch in Florida, and the Caribbean and it looks like the same critter in your photo. My photos on the Forum were taken in Belize and I'm posting one here taken in Florida. Is this your critter?
Anne DuPont

Du Pont, A., 2001 (Feb 14) Re: Bahama slugs. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Anne,
Thanks for the suggested identification. I have included a copy of Marli's photo alongside for comparison. The general shape is very similar, to 'Austraeolis' catina but most phidianids have this general body shape with clusters of cerata. Unless Marli has a photo in which we can see the colour clearly, and the shape of the rhinophores, it won't be possible to definitely identify Marli's animal.

But within the limitations of the photo I think Austraeolis catina is probably the best answer.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman


Austraeolis catina

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