References on defensive function of nematocysts

February 25, 2000
From: Dave Piatek

Dr. Rudman,

My name is Dave Piatek. I am doing a paper at the University of Rhode Island on aeolid nudibranchs and their ability to use nematocysts for their own defense. I have been having a tough time finding primary sources for reference. Needless to say, I have found a plethora of web references (not excluding your own), and although EXTREMELY useful, I am unable to use them for any purpose other than general reference.

Can you be of any help? I understand that you must be extremely busy, but any direction would be valuable!

Thank you!

Piatek, D., 2000 (Feb 25) References on defensive function of nematocysts. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Dave,
Here is a quick List of References. It's not that difficult for me to generate such a list but I must warn you that I can't guarantee that it is comprehensive. It will however give you a chance to get into the literature.

If you do come across any more relevant references, can you please let me know so I can add them to the list. I would also appreciate a copy of your paper when you finish - or perhaps you would like to prepare a summary page or two which could be added to the Forum.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Feb 25). Comment on References on defensive function of nematocysts by Dave Piatek. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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