March 7, 2008
From: Matan Ninio
attached are some pictures taken in Eilat. The color form seems to be mid-way between the "blue" and the "brown" forms of Spurilla major on your site. There have been several other reports of this animal from our waters, and from my memory I think this is the typical color form.
This specific animal was moving quite fast on some sand near coral. We had been delighted to see it, and consider it a gift from Neptune - we had been on the way back from a cleaning dive, loaded with as much trash as we could carry (including a full size drum).
Locality: Northen Dekel/southen Electric beach, Eilat, Israel, Red Sea.
Depth: 5 m. Length: 45 mm. 24 April 2005. near a coral head. Photographer: Elad Halevi
Ninio, M., 2008 (Mar 7) Spurilla major from Eilat, the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13697
Firstly sorry it has taken so long to post this message, I found it when I was preparing the recent interesting report of this species from Turkey [#21174].
I would agree that this is the more usual colour form - or at least the colour form when the animal has been eating anemone's containing zooxanthellae. The brown specks and markings you can see in the close-ups of the rhinophores and cerata are clusters of the zooxanthellae in branches of the digestive gland.
Spurilla major from Korea
From: Dong Bum Koh, March 25, 2008
Re: Spurilla major from Turkey
From: M. Baki Yokes, March 7, 2008
Spurilla major from Turkey
From: tom turk, March 6, 2008
Spurilla major from northern N.S.W
From: Denis Riek, January 5, 2005
Spurilla major from Indonesia
From: Takako Uno & Stephen Wong, March 17, 2003
Spurilla major from Queensland
From: Nerida Wilson, September 17, 2000
Large Spurilla from Coffs Harbour, NSW
From: Carol Buchanan, April 15, 2000