January 20, 2001
From: Julia Busch
Is there any actual research about Glaucilla's utilization of nematocysts?
firstname.lastname@example.orgBusch, J., 2001 (Jan 20) Nematocysts in Glaucilla. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3568
Although Glaucus atlanticus and Glaucilla marginata are in separate genera, this is probably an unnecessary inflation of their taxonomic rank. In anatomy and natural history they are very close and probbaly should be in a single genus. To my knowledge there are only the two papers by Thompson & Bennett which study the nematocysts found in the cnidosacs of these two species, and they identified them as belonging to Physalia and Porpita. They also showed that the nudibranchs accumulate the largest, most penetrating, nematocysts from their prey. The references are on the Glaucus atlanticus Page.
Is your interest general, or are you undertaking some research on these fascinating animals?
Glaucilla marginata from sthn Queensland
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From: Rob Blackmore, January 20, 2009
Re: Nematocysts in Glaucilla
From: Julia Busch, January 21, 2001
Glaucilla marginata - any east Pacific records?
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