Sea Stars that eat Sea Slugs

January 24, 2002
From: Daniel

Dear Bill,
I have had trouble finding this out using other sites and books, and was wondering if you could help me. I was wondering if you knew of any sea stars that ate sea slugs (such as Flabellina iodinea) in the Point Reyes area (North of San Francisco in northern California). Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Daniel, 2002 (Jan 24) Sea Stars that eat Sea Slugs. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Daniel,
Have a look at the page on Predation where I list known records of animals eating sea slugs. The only reference we have to starfish eating them is Brian Penney's message. Hopefully someone from California can give us some more information. I am not sure if you are more interested in the starfish or the sea slugs. If it is the sea slugs have a look at the Sea Slug Defence page for some more information. You will find that aeolid nuidbranchs, like Flabellina have quite good defence organs called cnidosacs.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Jan 24). Comment on Sea Stars that eat Sea Slugs by Daniel. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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