Re: Polycera hummi from Florida

July 11, 2004
From: Karen Mudgett

Dr Rudman,
I just wanted to give you an update on Polycera hummi [see message #11873]. Yesterday afternoon, [22 April 2004] around sunset, we went out to collect small grass shrimp for our tank. Instead of finding the shrimp, we found sea slugs, every scoop brought up two or three in our net. They were all small, about the same size as the ones we found previously, and all were Polycera hummi. There had to have been a mass gathering of them there for us to have scooped up as many as we did.

The depth of the water was between 1 and 2 feet deep, the bottom mostly mud, sandy in some areas, with what is commonly called eelgrass or turtle grass here. I have no idea what the scientific name would be for the grass. It was under a bridge only a few miles from where we found the other sea slugs in January.

With the other two, we tried to get food for them, brought home everything we found, watched to see what they might want, unfortunately I don't think we ever figured it out. So this time, even though we wanted to try again, we put all the sea slugs back where we found them and have decided that unless we find something different to take pictures of, we're not bringing any more home.

Again, thank you so much for everything,
Karen Mudgett

Mudgett, K., 2004 (Jul 11) Re: Polycera hummi from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Karen,
Bill Rudman


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