August 6, 2002
From: Nishina Masayoshi
I found a name Aeolidiopsis australis Rudman, 1982; Gosliner, 1985. Is this a valid species? If so, do you have any photo or illustration of this animal?
I described a new species Spurilla australis in 1982. In 1985, Terry Gosliner considered it was more appropriately placed in the genus Berghia, a genus which I had considered to be a synonym of Spurilla. In a recent review, Michael Miller (2001) considers it should belong in the genus Baeolidia. So in its reasonably short life, this species has been called Spurilla australis, Berghia australis and now Baeolidia australis. This is part of the on-going debate that occurs as we try and understand the evolutionary history and relationships of animals. In most cases, names are very stable, but in others cases, such as the Aeolidiidae, I suspect the debate has still a way to go.
• Gosliner, T.M. (1985) The aeolid nudibranch family Aeolidiidae (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) from tropical southern Africa. Annals of the South African Museum, 95(6): 233-267.
• Miller, M.C. (2001) Aeolid nudibranchs (gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) of the family Aeolidiidae from New Zealand waters. Journal of Natural History, 35: 629-662.
Re: Anemone capture by Spurilla major
From: David Mullins, October 14, 2008
Spurilla australis from Port Stephens
From: Leanne & David Atkinson, October 8, 2007
Spurilla australis from Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi
From: Matt Oldfield, March 26, 2007
Spurilla australis from Western
From: Bruce Potter, January 19, 2007
Spurilla australis from Victoria, Australia
From: Trevor McMurrich, August 22, 2006
Spurilla australis from Port Phillip Bay, Australia
From: Perry Davis, June 22, 2006
Spurilla australis from Northern New South Wales
From: Denis Riek, February 2, 2005
Spurilla australis from Western Australia
From: Mark Gerlach, February 20, 2004
Spurilla australis from Perth, Western Australia
From: Masoud Abadi, October 18, 2003
Nudibranch on Caulerpa taxifolia
From: Tim Glasby, August 18, 2003
Spurilla australis from Victoria
From: Jane Breidahl, January 9, 1999
From: Bill Rudman, July 2, 1998