Philinopsis depicta eating Aglaja felis

March 25, 2004
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
In the Southern Bahamas, Aglaja felis is as common as Philinopsis depicta, but difficult to photograph because it is completely black. I tried there a small experiment: I put an Aglaja felis in the presence of a Philinopsis depicta. The result was very fast: Aglaja was eaten in less than 1 min.

Date: February 04, 2004
Location: Great Exuma, Bahamas, Western Atlantic
Site: Stocking Island, Sand Dollar Beach
Depth: 1m
Philinopsis size: 7-8mm
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Poddubetskaia, M., 2004 (Mar 25) Philinopsis depicta eating Aglaja felis. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Marina,
Thanks for this interesting observation. I am sure the Aglaja felis will be comforted to know that its sacrifice was not made in vain.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2004 (Mar 25). Comment on Philinopsis depicta eating Aglaja felis by Marina Poddubetskaia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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