June 4, 2005
From: Michelle Tay & Jeffree Shahrizal
I'm not sure if what we found is in fact a nudibranch. Someone said it was a flatworm but we have not been able to find it on the Marine Flatworms of the World website.
We've seen it on several occasions too (crawling on the sandy bottom).
They are beautiful!
No the animal was not tangled up in any way - we found one crawling about
5 to 10 metres away from another one on two separate occasions. Both times off our House Reef (Tekek Village, Tioman, Malaysia) on a slightly sloping silt/sand bottom between 15 to 20 metres near our House wreck. They move along slowly on the sand in this shape and same colour (rose like).
Thanks & Regards,
Michelle Tay & Jeffree Shahrizal
email@example.comTay, M. & Shahrizal, J., 2005 (Jun 4) Flatworm? from Malaysia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13931
Dear Michelle & Jeffree,
I'm afraid I can't make out if there is one or more animals in the photo. There seems to be too many 'flaps' for flatworms. They remind me a bit of juvenile batfishes which drift around in shallow water looking like dead leaves, but as you have seen them crawling on the bottom it cancels out that bright idea. Could they possibly be a pair of mating flatworms?
Perhaps if you have a photo of a this animal(s) crawling I might have a better idea of their shape.
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