January 26, 2005
From: Phillip Gillette
Hi, i can't figure out exactly what this nudibranch is, and thought maybe you could help. This photo was taken off of Virginia Key, Biscayne Bay, Fl. It was at night, in 20 ft of water. This particular photo was taken on 4-2-04, but i have seen them on numerous other occassions. Sorry the picture isnt great, all of the ones I have seen have been under 1cm, and are hard to get good photographs of. I thought that it could be Learchis evelinae, but it does not have the white tips on the cerata. Thanks so much for your time.
Locality: Virginia Key, Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA Atlantic
Depth: 20 ft. Length: 5-10 mm. 2 April 2004
Channel, on sponges. Photographer: Phillip Gillette
firstname.lastname@example.orgGillette, P., 2005 (Jan 26) Learchis evelinae from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12931
I am pretty sure this is what is being called Learchis evelinae. You'll see from the earlier discussion that we are still learning about the colour variation in this species and its relationship to Learchis poica. At this stage it seems the bright reddish patches on its 'cheeks' are a good indicator.