Aglajids from Turkey

November 23, 2007
From: Tom Turk

Dear Bill,

Please receive three pictures of two species of aglajids from the coast of Turkey. The smaller one in the lower photo (1 cm) could be Chelidonura fulvipunctata, while the larger one (10 cm), in other photos, is probably Aglaja tricolorata. Could you please confirm.

Locality: kas, 10-15 m, Turkey, Mediterranean, end of October 2007, sandy bottom mixed with sea grass. Photographer: Borut Furlan.

best regards,
Tom Turk

Turk, T., 2007 (Nov 23) Aglajids from Turkey. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Tom,

These are all photos of the aglajid Philinopsis depicta. In colour they are very similar to Baki Yokes' earlier photo [message #7168] from Turkey. Species of Chelidonura have a quite different shape, in particular the posterior lobes of the body are long and tapering and usually unequal in size.

The more photos I see of P. depicta the more I wonder whether the Indo-West Pacific species, P. cyanea [more properly P. speciosa] is the same species.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Nov 23). Comment on Aglajids from Turkey by Tom Turk. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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