September 5, 2008
From: Bill Rudman
I came across these photos, taken by of Ian Loch, of the fascinating sacoglossan Ercolania kencolesi which lives in the 'bubbles' of the alga Boergesenia forbesii, and couldn't resist adding to them to the Forum. In one photo we can also see its spiral egg ribbons. As Ian records in his collection notes, 'bubbles' in which Ercolania are found are colourless, or have only a few patches of green plant material left.
Locality: Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, East (Little) Hope Is, South of Cooktown , (15° 44' S , 145° 28' E), 7 Aug 1987, AM C.153783 [Cited in Grzymbowski, Stemmer & Wagele, 2007]. Inside Boergesenia forbesii on reef flat, Collector & Photographer: I. Loch
Rudman, W.B., 2008 (Sep 5) Ercolania kencolesi from Great Barrier Reef. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21866