Eubranchus pallidus from Maine, USA

October 5, 2003
From: Alan Shepard

Dear Bill -
I had the opportunity to head back to Eastport, Maine and do some more diving and was able to capture a photograph of a juvenile Eubranchus pallidus.

I was not sure of the identification as the coloration did not match any photos I had seen. However since Bernard Picton mentions in his book A Field Guide to the Nudibranchs of the British Isles that Alder & Hancock had a very pale individual as their type specimen, hence the name "pallidus", I thought I might also just have found a pale specimen. Not being sure I sent it to Dr. Larry Harris of the University of New Hampshire. He concurred that it indeed was a juvenile E. pallidus. This individual was at most 7mm long and was found in approximately 12m of water.

Best wishes,
Alan Shepard
Tolland, CT, USA

Shepard, A., 2003 (Oct 5) Eubranchus pallidus from Maine, USA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Alan,
Bill Rudman

Related messages

  1. Eubranchus pallidus from Barents Sea
    From: Irina Roginskaya, July 9, 2002
  2. Eubranchus pallidus from Scotland
    From: Jim Anderson, June 26, 2002
  3. Re: Eubranchus from France
    From: Bernard Picton, September 23, 2000
  4. Re: Eubranchus? from France
    From: Juan Lucas Cervera, August 31, 2000
  5. Eubranchus? from France
    From: Erwin Koehler, August 29, 2000
  6. Eubranchus pallidus from the Netherlands
    From: Peter H. van Bragt, August 31, 1999

Show factsheet and all related messages