Anything new on Californian Philine spp?

March 1, 1999
From: Danielle Catlin

Hello Dr.Rudman,
I am a student at the University of California at Davis. I am writing a paper for my English class about the introduced Philine sp. found in Bodega Bay. I learned about this opisthobranch while studying at the Bodega Marine Lab this summer and I was able to perform research concerned with whether Philine had histochemical defenses. I am writing to you because I need help finding out more information about the "Philine story" in Bodega Bay. I was hoping you could provide me with some current information or at least what we know about the situation so far.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. You can either email me at this address or via the Sea Slug Forum.
Danielle Catlin

Catlin, D., 1999 (Mar 1) Anything new on Californian Philine spp?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Danielle,
I was beginning to wonder myself what was happening with your introduced Philine. As far as I know, the current situation is what you can find here in the Forum. If any of the Philine workers on the US west coast would like to let us know what's going on we would be very interested.

I guess your best bet Danielle would be to contact some of then researchers who you will find on the Californian Philine page. Don't forget to look at Page 2 as well.

The main ones are:
Michelle Chow
Allison Carver
Mike Behrens
Terry Gosliner
Jeff Goddard.

If you get any information please let us know. By the way I would be interested in hearing about your rersearch into chemical defence in Philine.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Mar 1). Comment on Anything new on Californian Philine spp? by Danielle Catlin. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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