Benthic ctenophore from Bali

June 20, 2006
From: Ovidiu

I am trying to identify the slug(?) in the attached images. We encountered them in Bali (Indonesia) in May'06 and cant find it in any books. We call it "rabbit" (resemblance to the rabbits ears?)

Locality: Bali, aprox 18m, Bali, Indonesia , South China Sea, May 2006, Volcanic sandy bottom. Length: 8-10cm. Photographer: Ovidiu.

Hopefully someone can help to identify it.


Ovidiu, 2006 (Jun 20) Benthic ctenophore from Bali. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Ovidiu,
Although it's not a slug, it does looks a bit like one, so I have a Fact Sheet on these fascinating animals - the benthic ctenophores. One good character are the pair of volcano-like mounds out of which the branched feeding tentacles emerge. You can see part of the tentacles in the close-up alongside. Have a look at the other messages on this topic for more photographs. Up until now, the Forum is the only place on the web where you will find many photos of these animals.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Jun 20). Comment on Benthic ctenophore from Bali by Ovidiu. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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