Cuthona punicea from British Columbia

May 31, 2002
From: Marli Wakeling

Dear Bill,
Although this animal is supposed to be quite rare, there were hundreds in the area known as the Broughton Archipelago in British Columbia. They were buried in the polyps of these 'purple mouthed' hydroids, chewing away! I have never seen them anywhere else: the nudibranchs or the hydroids.

Dive Site: Stephanson's Reef, Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia
Depth: 65 feet
Length: 7mm
Date: May 18,2002
Photograph: Marli Wakeling


Wakeling, M., 2002 (May 31) Cuthona punicea from British Columbia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Marli,
I guess this is the purple hydroid that Sandra mentioned in her message.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman


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