August 11, 2003
I'm looking for an ID on a particular slug ... Here's some info, I started out with one and now have hundreds of these little creatures in my aquarium....
The slug is black, round, and has a white stripe ton the back, which gets larger, and sometimes completely closes ..... The slug has tentacles, and has black flaps on the side making it look like a flower .... I heard it's called an elephant slug, but can't seem to find it anywhere..
I'd appreciate a link to the species or what it's diet consists of..
firstname.lastname@example.orgElvis, 2003 (Aug 11) Identification of a Black Slug. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10704
At the top of each page on the Forum there is a black navigation bar which includes a SEARCH button. If you had searched there for 'elephant slug' you would have got your answer. Your animal is Scutus. If you go to that page you will find plenry of background information on the Fact Sheet and the many attached messages. I am not sure how nany species there is either one black species with a widespread distribution in the tropical and temperate Indo-West Pacific, or a number of very similar-looking species. From the many messages to the Forum it is a very common hitch-hiker on 'live rock' which is sold to aqaurium keepers. Scutus is a snail, not a sea slug, and unlike sea slugs it is single sexed. Therefore you must have either had two animals in your aquarium before all the 'babies' appeared, or else you bought a piece of live rock with many microscopic juveniles on it.
Re: Black sea slugs in reef tank
From: Mike Duggan, February 8, 2008
A Black Sea Slug in an Aquarium
From: Sampo Tiensuu, December 12, 2007
Found what I believe to be a Sea Slug or Snail in my Tank
From: Chad Naujoks, November 28, 2007
Re: Scutus reproduction
From: Aubrey, May 18, 2007
Re: Scutus reproduction
From: Matthew A. Clarke, February 9, 2007
From: Rob Wedin, October 20, 2005
Black slug thing in aquarium
From: Kristina Mahan, October 8, 2005
Scutus snail - in aquarium
From: L. Whyte, September 9, 2005
Black And white Nudibranch?
From: Colin Winkelmann, August 17, 2005
Re: Is Scutus 'Reef safe' ??
From: Kingston Wong, March 9, 2005
Is Scutus 'Reef safe' ??
From: Kingston Wong, March 5, 2005
3 Scutus in my tank
From: Catalina Pampin, February 23, 2005
Re: Reproduction of Scutus sp.
From: Rob, November 14, 2003
Scutus in aquarium
From: Charles S. Thompson Jr., February 4, 2003
Scutus in aquarium (2)
From: Nathan Gaub, February 4, 2003
Re: Black seaslugs in reef tank
From: Brett T Lynch, January 11, 2003
Black seaslugs in reef tank
From: Brett Lynch, January 9, 2003
Reproduction of Scutus sp.
From: Timothy D. Loyd, January 7, 2003
Sea slug in my tank?
From: Daniel R, October 1, 2002
Another Scutus in an aquarium
From: Tae Kim, September 27, 2002
Scutus - Thanks
From: Becky, April 25, 2002
Thanks Dr Rudman
From: Pippa Styles, March 20, 2002
Another Scutus in live rock
From: Becky, March 5, 2002
Trying to ID black slug
From: Mark Conley, November 20, 2001
Re: Mystery black Sea Slug
From: John Strawn, November 8, 2001
Mystery black Sea Slug
From: John Strawn, November 7, 2001
Re: Aquarium mystery
From: Jay Rundle , September 1, 2001
Can you identify this Sea Slug?
From: Jay Rundle, August 31, 2001
Mystery Sea Slug is Scutus
From: Marve Wiessner, June 12, 2001
Flatworm? Scutus? I.D. Help Needed
From: Matt Anderson, April 21, 2001
Is this some slug or a limpet?
From: Kristen Chinn, December 30, 2000
Help with ID.. aquarium mystery
From: Tim Merkel, December 28, 2000
re: Black nudibranch
From: Gareth Trinko , September 16, 2000
From: Gareth Trinko , September 15, 2000
Solid Black Sea Slug
From: Timothy Loyd, August 16, 2000
From: Kelly Greco, December 11, 1999
What is Scutus?
From: Deepak G Sarin, June 20, 1999