Elysia bennettae? from east Africa

November 22, 2002
From: Bill Rudman

Here are some photos of a species which has the microscopic red specks of Elysia bennettae, but differs in having the red specks arranged in a reticulate pattern, and in having large yellow spots arranged in the reticulate pattern. Basically the animal is green with a reticulate pattern of red specks. Within the red reticulations are large yellow spots. The edge of the parapodia and rhinophores are red, but the red line along the edge of the parapodia is much broader than in E. bennettae.

PHOTOS: Upper Right, Lower Left: Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Intertidal, 18 September 1974, off green algae. Lower Right: Ladder Cove, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Intertidal, 2 August 1974. Length of both animals 17mm long alive. Photos: Bill Rudman

I will leave it with Elysia bennettae until we know more about these red speckled species.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Nov 22) Elysia bennettae? from east Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8461


Elysia bennettae

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