Chelidonura berolina from Bahamas [2]

January 5, 2004
From: Anne DuPont

Note added 15 March 2004: C. berolina = C. africana. See message #12457.

Dear Bill,
Happy New Year. Hope that you and your family had a good holiday.

I am back in the Bahamas for the winter and finding the head shield slugs again.
And I have found another one that I cannot identify. Can you identify it for me, please? I brought two back to the boat and photographed them in a dish with a digital camera.

They were found on December 26, 2003 between 11 AM and 1 PM. They were in about 5 feet of water crawling on the sand during the day off Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas (Southern Bahamas). Their size was approximately ¼ inch long. I saw about 50 of them that day. They were all very tiny, about 1/8 to ¼ inch long. They were found in an area that I also found: Philinopsis depicta, Aglaja felis, Chelidonura hirundinina and Chelidonura berolina.

Thank you for your time.
Anne DuPont
Delray Beach, Fl., USA

DuPont, A., 2004 (Jan 5) Chelidonura berolina from Bahamas [2]. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Anne,
I am pretty sure this is the same species as in your accompanying message which you identified as Chelidonura berolina. In this pair the yellow spots form an almost continuous line. As I discuss in a separate message the colour range demonstrated in your photos make me pretty sure that this species is identical with the eastern Atlantic species C. africana.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2004 (Jan 5). Comment on Chelidonura berolina from Bahamas [2] by Anne DuPont. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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