Trapania aurata feeding

February 12, 2001
From: Bill Rudman

Following Bernard Picton's messages about the food of species of Trapania, I have searched through all my photos trying to find some indication of entoprocts. In these slides of Trapania aurata from Koumac, New Caledonia, clusters of small stalked bodies can be seen in some parts of the sponge on which large numbers of Trapania were clustered. I had a assumed these were reproductive bodies which some sponges produce, but they are probably clusters of entoprocts. Some are stalked and one has a ring of extended tentacles. Unfortunately at this magnification, only a general impression can be seen in the scans.

PHOTOS: Group of Trapania clustered around an aggregation of possible entoprocts on an aplysillid sponge. Koumac, New Caledonia, October 1993. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Feb 12) Trapania aurata feeding. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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