July 18, 2003
From: Andrew Trevor-Jones
I found around 7 Aphelodoris varia at Camp Cove in Sydney Harbour [New South Wales, Australia] on Saturday, July 5, 2003. Some appeared to be feeding and some appeared to have recently laid eggs. I have attached some photographs.
They were at a depth around 4.2m and the water temperature was around 16 C. The photographs were taken just after the high tide.
As to feeding, it appears the nudibranchs were on some orange sponge but I can't confirm they were feeding. I also can't confirm that they produced the eggs, but vicinity suggests they were.
Trevor-Jones, A., 2003 (Jul 18) Aphelodoris varia from Sydney. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10410
From the Atkinson's message the eggs in your photo could quite possibly be those of Aphelodoris varia. The sponge is also a possibile food source, and certainly it will worth watching to see if A. varia is found on the same sponge in future.
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