October 1, 2009
From: David Kipling
Concerning message #21943:
I believe we have a UK sighting of Discodoris rosi that pre-dates Mark Warren's 2008 record from the Isles of Scilly by some six years, and places this species on the UK mainland for the first time.
We spotted this specimen on 24 August 2002 on a reef outside of Penzance (~30 miles NE of the Isles of Scilly) that is adjacent to the wreck of the Mystique. This photo was taken in the very early days of our adventures in digital photography, using an Olympus C3000 in a PT-010 housing, so forgive the somewhat poor quality of the picture!
Although we noted it as something unusual in our log books we were not able to identify it at the time, and it has been languishing in our digital archive ever since. However, now having seen Mark and Anna's pictures it does look like a specimen of Discodoris rosi.
Locality: Penzance, not recorded, probably 15-20 m, Cornwall, UK, Atlantic, 24 August 2002, encrusted rocky reef. Length: not recorded (but can guess by size of adjacent jewel anemone). Photographer: dD.
email@example.comKipling, D., 2009 (Oct 1) Re: First record of Discodoris rosi from the UK. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22569
Nice to get another record. The 6 year time difference certainly suggests there is a permanent population established in the SW of the UK.
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