May 11, 2002
From: Nishina Masayoshi
To accompany my other images of Oxynoe kabiraensis here is one showing how I think it is camouflaged when living on the Caulerpa on which it feeds. From the dorsal view, you can see that the dark triangle pattern breaks the light green part of the body into two rounded regions wjhich look similar in shape and size to the Caulerpa's 'ramuli'
Photo by N.Masayoshi at Hachijo Island.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMasayoshi, N., 2002 (May 11) Colour camouflage in Oxynoe kabirensis. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6915
Thanks for this fascinating photo. I have included a close-up of the animal so it is easier to find in the whole photo at the top. It certainly looks as though the animal's colour pattern is to help it hide, much like the southeastern Australian bivalved sacoglossans such as Midorigai australis.