Volvatella angeliniana from New Caledonia

September 21, 2005
From: Bill Rudman

Volvatella angeliniana was described from the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan. The mantle is translucent white with many large white patches, and the head tentacles [rhinophores] are tipped with orange. There is an orange band around the posterior `spout', and there can be an orange band at the anterior end of the mantle.

Here is a record of a specimen from New Caledonia which lacks the anterior orange band. These are the only 2 records I know of this species.

Locality: Pointe de Pandop, near Koumac, New Caledonia, 20°35'S, 164°15.5'E, Intertidal, hard substrate, algae, 24 October 1993, shell length 5 mm, AM C200628. Photo: Bill Rudman

  • Ichikawa, M. (1993) Saccoglossa (Opisthobranchia) from the Ryukyu Islands. Publications of the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, 36: 119-139.

Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Sep 21) Volvatella angeliniana from New Caledonia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/14805

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