January 19, 2006
From: Jim Lyle
I've been in withdrawal for the past three weeks and am eagerly anticipating the return of my daily slug fix!
FYI: In Dave Behrens' newest book on Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs, he lists Facelina stearnsi as Austraeolis stearnsi (Cockerell, 1901). The fact sheet for this branch should be updated with the new (old?) name.
Glad to know that your mornings will be calm again - I hope you aren't one of those people who kicks the dog when things go wrong! Concerning Facelina stearnsi. I had noticed Austraeolis starting to creep in but I could find no published reference and after checking with Dave Behrens I find the relevant paper - from the Perth conference is still 'in press'. So at present there is no published evidence to support the genus change. I guess I should keep the status quo until I get a chance to read - and agree with - the arguments presented by the authors.