Hermaea cf. cruciata
Reported from the east coast of North America to Florida.
Santa Marta, Colombia (Caribbean coast). Photo: Phanor Montoya.
See Kathe Jensen's message discussing its identification.
• Gould, A.A. (1870). Report on the Invertebrata of Massachusetts. Second edition, comprising the mollusca. Edited by W.G. Binney. Boston, v(3) plus 524 pp., text figs. 350-754, coloured pls. 16-27 comprising figs. 214-349
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (October 19) Hermaea cf. cruciata Gould, 1870. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/hermcfcruc
October 20, 2000
From: Kathe R. Jensen
Dear Phanor & Bill,
I am almost certain that this species is a sacoglossan of the genus Hermaea. The rhinophores appear to have a small "knob" subterminally, indicating that the rolled part of the rhinophores ends here. In the Caribbean there are 2 possibilities: H. cruciata Gould, 1870, which has been recorded from the east coast of North America to Florida, and H. coirala Marcus, 1955, described from Brazil. H. cruciata has exactly the pale "cross-like" glands at the tips of the cerata as shown in these photos, but usually there are distinct, pink tubules of the digestive gland in the cerata as well as in the body. The colouration of H. coirala was described as transparent with brownish digestive gland. I think there is a good possibility the two names are one and the same species, the brown or pale colouration indicating starvation.
firstname.lastname@example.orgJensen, K.R., 2000 (Oct 20) Re: Unknown from the Caribbean . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3213
I hope its name turns out to be 'cruciata', it would be most appropriate.
October 20, 2000
From: Juan Lucas Cervera
It seems to me that this species could be Hermaea bifida or some related species. The shape of the rhinophores is like in this species, moreover the branching of the digestive gland at the top of the cerata.
email@example.comCervera, J.L., 2000 (Oct 20) Re: Unknown from the Caribbean . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3214
The vote is certainly in favour of Hermaea.
October 19, 2000
From: Phanor Montoya
I'm writing to you again. I found two of these organisms on a soft bottom (Depth 10ft)cover with Halophila sp seagrass [Santa Marta, Colombia - Caribbean coast]. The body is cream color and the cerata are completely translucid and have some kind of cross at the end of them. They were about 1 cm long. I have no idea what they can be, do you?
firstname.lastname@example.orgMontoya, P., 2000 (Oct 19) Unknown from the Caribbean . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3099
I'm sorry but I can't see enough detail to be sure whether it is a sacoglossan or an aeolid. If it is an aeolid it is possibly a eubranchid, but really I have no idea what it is. Some one may recognise the very distinctive markings on the ceratal tips.