Re: Philippines Nembrotha

December 16, 1998
From: Terry Gosliner

Dear Bill,
It was great to see Erwin Koehler's photo of our old friend from the Philippines. Dave Behrens and I described this in 1997 (Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 49(9):287-308 as Nembrotha chamberlaini. While it is certainly part of a species complex to which Nembrotha lineolata also belongs, animals are very distinctive in their color patterns. There are also some radular differences between members of the complex. The other interesting aspect is that some members of this complex are sympatric, thus reducing the possiblity that they are just geographical variants of a single species.

Terry Gosliner

Gosliner, T., 1998 (Dec 16) Re: Philippines Nembrotha. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Terry,
I'm afraid I only got your reprint a few weeks ago and clearly hadn't absorbed all the information it contained. I agree that my suggested "lumping" - although beautiful in its simplicity - probably doesn't reflect the complex relationships between these animals.
I have posted pics of what seem to represent
Nembrotha rutilans and Nembrotha purpureolineata, and put up pics of two other species which appear to be unnamed species 1, species 2.
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1998 (Dec 16). Comment on Re: Philippines Nembrotha by Terry Gosliner. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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