July 29, 2001
From: John Perry
I'm an assistant instructor at a local dive shop in Fukuoka, Japan. Last Sunday I went diving and saw a nudibranch that I had never seen before and I was hoping that I could get some assistance in finding out what it was.
It looked like a cross between a Melibe leonina and an Aplysia parvula. It was laterally compressed and its head seemed to have a hood like Melibe leonina but it was kelp green in colour. It was about 10 cm long and when lifted up it wriggled and danced like a Spanish Dancer.
Sorry I can't be a little more specific but any help you could provide would be great.
firstname.lastname@example.orgPerry, J., 2001 (Jul 29) Melibe? from Japan. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4907
I could well be a species of Melibe as they are not uncommon in the western Pacific and can swim by lateral body waves. Have a look at the pages on Melibe engeli, Melibe mirifica and Melibe viridis. It is most likely to be M. viridis. The names of the large Indo-west Pacific species of Melibe, and in fact the number of species, is still in the melting pot, so you will find various names used in different books.
On the off-chance you have a swimming Aplysia have a look at the Sea Hare Page for a list of pages to look at.
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