Sakuraeolis kirembosa
Rudman, 1980

Family: Glaucidae


Known only from Tanzania


North Reef, entrance to Dar es Salaam Harbour, Tanzania. on hydroid Eudendrium sp. cf. carneum Clarke, 1882, intertidally. 40 mm long alive, 29 Sept. 1977, Holotype, AM C111481. Photos: Bill Rudman.

Head and body a milky translucent orange colour, with body darkening behind the second ceratal arch to a deeper orange where the gonads show through. The oral tentacles are long and tapering and about one and a half times the length of the rhinophores. The basal half of each oral tentacle is transparent with the distal half being milky orange. The basal third of the rhinophores is transparent, while the upper two thirds is a milky orange. The rhinophores have scattered, rounded bumps all over them. The foot is translucent with a faint orange tinge, the anterior end producing long, tapering foot corners. A median band of orange runs to the tip of the tail from between the most posterior cerata. The cerata are arranged into six pairs of multi-rowed arches each raised on a pad, and there is also a group of irregularly arranged cerata at the posterior end of the body. The lower three quarters of each ceras is translucent, with dense white speckling, which obscures the digestive gland duct. The upper quarter of each cerata is quite colourful, with a milky orange tip, and then below that a bright purple region, and below that a dull greenish brown section. The purple and greenish brown regions are sections of the digestive gland duct visible through the transparent ceratal wall, while the orange tip is due to pigmentation on the ceratal wall.

As in other species of the genus, the cerata are long and slender, and are held out from the body in large clumps.

  • Rudman, W.B. (1980) Aeolid opisthobranch molluscs (Glaucidae) from the Indian Ocean and the south-west Pacific. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 68: 139-172.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2004 (December 28) Sakuraeolis kirembosa Rudman, 1980. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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