Tambja verconis from Melbourne, Australia

April 11, 2005
From: Martina Fuchsberger

Dear Bill,
I found the 3 Tambja verconis   sitting in between all their food. Two of them are sitting on a 3rd one which is hard to see. Unfortunately I couldn't get a better shot to show the one underneath. I am curious as to what they are doing. Do you have any ideas?

Locality: Eliza Ramsden, Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Depth: 18 m. Length: approx 45 mm. 25 March 2005. Wreck, sandy bottom. Photographer: Martina Fuchsberger

Best wishes,
Martina Fuchsberger


Fuchsberger, M., 2005 (Apr 11) Tambja verconis from Melbourne, Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13470

Dear Martina,
I can't see the third animal you mention, but the two I can see are almost certainly mating. Nudibranchs have their reproductive openings on the right side of the body, so when you see two animals with their right sides pressed together its a pretty sure sign that they are mating.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Apr 11). Comment on Tambja verconis from Melbourne, Australia by Martina Fuchsberger. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13470


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