December 12, 2003
From: Leanne & David Atkinson
We have found what we think is Tambja verconis. It is the first time we have seen it in the area over the last 20 years. Over the past month we have found three of them. One was at Fly Point and two were at Halifax Sponge Gardens. We have seen one at Halifax consistently in the same area over 4 dives spread over a month.
Halifax Sponge Gardens, Marine Reserve,
Port Stephens, NSW, Australia
Depth: 18m Tide: high 9.08am
Water Temperature: 17 deg C
Location: Fly Point, Marine Reserve, Port Stephens, NSW, Australia
Date: 22 November 2003
Depth: 14m Tide: High 7.30am
Water Temperature: 16 deg C.
There were Tambja sp.1 in the same area. They were all on the Bugula dentata.
Leanne & David Atkinson
firstname.lastname@example.orgAtkinson, L. & D., 2003 (Dec 12) Tambja verconis from Port Stephens. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/11647
Dear Leanne & David,
This is Tambja verconis. It seems to be more regularly found further south, but at times it can be found as for north as Port Stephens. We have still a lot to learn about these animals. It would be interesting to know whether the bright blue pigment of this species is derived from their food. Your photos show how similar the colour of Bugula dentata can be to the blue of T. verconis.
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