East coast of North America?
off Long Island, New York, USA. May 1998. PHOTO: Betsey Hansen.
The Pleurobranchaea on this page may be P. obesa, but it may also be P. tarda Verrill, 1880, which is known from shallower waters from Cape Cod and to the south. It also is known from South African waters. It would be difficult to verify the identification without examining the reproductive anatomy. The penial morphology is quite distinctive between P. obesa and P. tarda.
• Marcus, E. & Gosliner, T.M. (1984) Review of the family Pleurobranchaeidae (Mollusca, Opisthobranchia). Annals of the South African Museum, 93(1): 1-52.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (July 29) Pleurobranchaea obesa? (Verrill, 1882). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/pleuobes
Pleurobranchaea from Rhode Island, USA
From: Paul Young, June 8, 2001
From: Betsey Hansen, August 7, 1999
Re: Pleurobranchaea from New York
From: Terry Gosliner, July 31, 1999
Pleurobranchaea from New York
From: Betsey Hansen, July 29, 1999