Tambja morosa from New Zealand.

January 24, 1999
From: Ian Skipworth


Yet another slug I'm afraid. The attached image of Tambja morosa was snapped at Middle Arch at New Zealand's Poor Knights Islands in about 12 metres of water.

We see these critters fairly commonly at the Poor Knights.


Ian Skipworth
Auckland, New Zealand
Skip's Underwater Image Gallery


Skipworth, I., 1999 (Jan 24) Tambja morosa from New Zealand.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/508

Dear Ian,
Thanks very much. Don't be afraid of sending photos. The New Zealand fauna is very interesting as it has its endemics, others that it shares with southern Australia, and a third group, including Tambja morosa, which are widespread tropical species. So photos from New Zealand are valuable in many ways. As well as informing those with no knowledge of the NZ fauna, they also give us a better understanding of the range of some of the more common tropical species. Is Tambja morosa always this deep green colour in New Zealand? In tropical waters it usually has a black background colour. Your animal is feeding on an arborescent bryozoan (perhaps Bugula sp). Species of Tambja feed exclusively on arborescent bryozoans
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Jan 24). Comment on Tambja morosa from New Zealand. by Ian Skipworth. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/508


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