Pleurobranchaea obesa?
(Verrill, 1882)

Family: Pleurobranchidae


East coast of North America?


off Long Island, New York, USA. May 1998. PHOTO: Betsey Hansen.


Pleurobranchaea maculata

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.

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See Terry Gosliner's message below.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (July 29) Pleurobranchaea obesa? (Verrill, 1882). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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