Non-swimming Melibe

February 12, 2003
From: Paul Katz

Does anyone know if there is a species of Melibe that does not swim or has not been observed to swim? I'm interested in doing a comparative study with Melibe leonina. Melibe mirifica looks large enough and benthic enough that it might not swim. Any thoughts?
Paul Katz

Dear Paul,
The only one I can think of that I don't think swims is the tiny Australian species Melibe australis. I soon as I get a chance to scan some photos I will prepare a page on the species.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Feb 12). Comment on Non-swimming Melibe by Paul Katz. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Melibe spp

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