June 11, 2007
From: Stephen C. Kempf
Concerning message #6364:
I don't recall if I ever sent the pictures of the "real" Berghia verrucicornis (the one that was called that in the USA but is now Aeolidiella stephanieae ) a few years ago, but just in case I didn't, I'm sending them now. I've also included some pictures of Aiptasia pallida (from the Florida Keys) in a second message [#19966], and the zooxanthellae in Berghia's cerata.
Locality: Florida Keys, USA, 1-3 ft, Florida, Monroe, Atlantic Gulf region, USA, Near Intertidal specimens, lab reared. Length: 2-3 cm. Photographer: Stephen C. Kempf.
Kempf, S.C., 2007 (Jun 11) Re: Berghia verrucicornis - aquarium culture . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19968
You did send some photos before [message #6472], which confirmed in my mind at least that your animal was not the Mediterranean Berghia verrucicornis. Later Angel Valdes described it as A. stephanieae [message #14603 ].
These extra photos are very welcome as they show us some of the colour variation and the zooxanthellae which this species temporarily retains from its food anemone Aiptasia.