Melanochlamys queritor from eastern Australia

May 15, 2003
From: Bill Rudman

To continue building on the aglajids, here are some photos of another southeastern Australian species Melanochlamys queritor. I have not found it commonly in New South Wales. Both the animals illustrated here have been found in coralline turf on intertidal rock platforms, much like M. cylindrica in New Zealand.

Upper Photo: Port Stephens, NSW, Australia. May 1993. AM C173825. Photo: Bill Rudman

Lower Photos: Long Reef, Collaroy, Sydney, NSW. 20mm long alive. 21 September 1979. AM C117716. Photo: John Fields

Previously known from southern Australia, [Victoria to Hopetown, Western Australia], this is the first record from New South Wales.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (May 15) Melanochlamys queritor from eastern Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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