International Opisthobranch Workshop


Greek ruins, near Menfi, June, 1999. PHOTO: Bill Rudman.

It is a pleasure to announce that an International Workshop of "Systematic, Phylogeny and Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs" will be held in Menfi (Sicily, Italy) from 10th to 14th June 1999.

During the workshop, guest presentations will be done by Terry Gosliner, Guido Cimino, Chris Todd, Kathe Jensen and Bill Rudman.

The Scientific Committee:
Dr. Renato Chemello
Dr. Juan Lucas Cervera

The Logistic and Administrative Committee:
Ms. Vanna Rotolo,
Ms. Maria Concetta Giuffrida.

For more information, please go to: OR

Juan Lucas Cervera.

Dr. Juan Lucas Cervera Currado
Departamento de Biologia Animal, Vegetal y Ecologia Facultad de Ciencias del Mar
Universidad de Cadiz
Poligono del Rio San Pedro s/n
Apdo. 40
E-11510 Puerto Real (Cadiz)

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Proceedings of Menfi Workshop, 1999

September 3, 2001
From: Juan Lucas Cervera

Dear Bill,
A few weeks ago part of the contributions presented during the 2nd International Workshop of Malacology in Menfi (Italy) (1999) with the topic "Systematics, Phylogeny and Biology of Opisthobranchs Molluscs" was published as Vol 37(5-8) of Bollettino Malacologico.

This issue includes 12 papers (Fahey & Gosliner; Cattaneo-Vietti, Schiapparelli & Chiantore; Jensen; Brodie; Todd, Lambert & Davies; Oliverio & Tringali; Johnson & Gosliner; Tringali & Oliverio; Gosliner, Muniain; Calado & Urgorri; Schrodl).

The editors of this issue were Riccardo Cattaneo-Vietti and myself. You can find a photo of the cover of that volume, and more details of that Workshop, as well as, photos of the different activities during those days at:

Many of the contributors saw their contributions published for the first time during the World Congress of Malacology, held last week in Vienna, in which a good number of "branchers" met to exchange ideas and reinforce collaborations.

Cervera, J.L., 2001 (Sep 3) Proceedings of Menfi Workshop, 1999. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Lucas,
Glad to know the volume is published
Bill Rudman

Abstracts Volume of Menfi's Workshop

August 21, 1999
From: Juan Lucas Cevera

Hi Bill!

I want to inform you that the Abstracts Issue of the International Workshop of Opisthobranchs held in Menfi last June is now on the Web at

Some of the abstracts are from contributions that were not presented at the last moment.



Cevera. J.L., 1999 (Aug 21) Abstracts Volume of Menfi's Workshop. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Deadline for presentation of manuscripts

August 5, 1999
From: Juan Lucas Cervera

Dear colleagues:

Only to remind you that the 31 August is the deadline to send the manuscripts of contributions presented at the 2nd International Malacological Worrkshop "Systematic, Phylogeny and Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs", held in Menfi (Sicily, Italy) last June. The manuscripts have to be written following the Instructions for Authors of BOLLETTINO MALACOLOGICO and they have to be sent to me directly (Juan Lucas Cervera). Please, write me for more information.


Juan Lucas Cervera.

re: Menfi Workshop

July 17, 1999
From: Shireen Fahey

Hi Bill,
Thought I'd email and say how nice your Sicilian conference comments were on your website! Nice pictures too, if I do say so. We sure enjoyed seeing them, and a few people have commented the same to us. Thanks for putting the pictures up so soon after the conference. I don't know how you had time to do it. I was a bit groggy after getting home. I was falling asleep at 3 in the afternoon for the week following.
It sure was a great time in Sicily and I was so glad to meet you finally. Rebecca and I went to Naples afterward and visited with Guido Cimino's staff in his lab. We extracted some chemicals from the nudibranchs brought to Naples from California by Manuel Ballesteros and his student Anna. I'm collecting some Doriopsilla now for Guido's analysis. Nudibranch chemicals are pretty amazing.

Thanks again for your publicity on your website. It sure brought a smile to us all.
All the best,

Fahey, S., 1999 (Jul 17) re: Menfi Workshop. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Shireen,
I must say I was a bit sleepy myself for a few days. It was an enjoyable time. All I hope now is that all the people who promised to send me stuff for the Forum do so!
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Menfi Workshop

June 17, 1999
From: Bill Rudman

I would just like to record my thanks to the organisers of the Opisthobranch Workshop in Menfi, Sicily, from which I have just returned. There were about 40 participants from many parts of Europe, North America, Venezuela, and Australia, and the standard of lectures, talks and posters was very high. Mrs Vanna Rotolo, who was in charge of the logistics from Sicily, is planning to publish the abstracts on the Conference website within a short time and I will let you all know when that occurs.

The talks covered a broad range of topics and the participants ranged in experience from seasoned professors to students giving their first presentation in English. A pleasant surprise was the financial and logistical support the organising committee received from the Menfi community. I hesitate to name individuals for special mention, in case of missing someone out, but the Workshop would not have occurred without the work of Mrs Vanna Rotolo of the Instituzione Culturale Federico II, Menfi and her staff, and Dr. Renato Chemello (Palermo) and Dr. Juan Lucas Cervera (Cadiz, Spain) who formed the Scientific Committee.

Many of the participants have promised to provide summaries and photos of their work for the Forum.
Bill Rudman.

UPPER: Sardine fishing boats in the Harbour - not only the chromodorids are blue in the Mediterranean. Is this a case of convergence?
MIDDLE: Jean-Lucas Cervera (in white shirt) with 3 happy Californians (Terry Gosliner, Rebecca Johnson, Shireen Fahey).
LOWER: A visit to the Greek Ruins after the workshop finished. (PHOTOS: Bill Rudman).

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Jun 17). Comment on Menfi Workshop by Bill Rudman. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Greetings from Menfi

June 12, 1999
From: Bill Rudman

This is a quick message from Menfi. We are at the end of the first very interesting day and I am demonstrating the website.
Bill Rudman

Mediterranean species

June 5, 1999
From: Bill Rudman

I'm off to Sicily in two days to attend the Menfi Workshop. Hopefully I can hookup to the Slug Forum from there. For those of you unlucky enough not to be going to Sicily, here are pages on 5 Sea Slugs which are found in the Mediterranean. Thanks very much to Daniel L. Geiger for the photographs. I must warn you that I can't guarantee to have named the Hyselodoris correctly. Hopefully I will meet someone in Sicily who can give me guidance with the amazing "blue' chromodorids from the Mediterranean.

Philine scabra
Facelina coronata
Cratena peregrina
Tylodina perversa
Hypselodoris orsinii

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Opisthobranch Workshop Deadline

December 24, 1998
From: Lucas Cervera Currado

Dear branchers:
    This is a reminder that the 31st December is the deadline for the receipt of the filled schedules of Pre-registration for the International Workshop of Opisthobranchs that will be holded next June in Menfi (Sicili, ITALY). If you want (or need) you can send these filled schedules as Attach File to Ms. Vanna Rotolo You can find the schedule and other information at:     
Looking forward to seeing you in Menfi.
Juan Lucas Cervera Currado.
Scientific Committee of the Workshop
Universidad de Cadiz

Cervera, L., 1998 (Dec 24) Opisthobranch Workshop Deadline. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

International Workshop in Sicily

November 17, 1998
From: Bill Rudman

Dr. Juan Lucas Cervera Currado of the University of Cadiz, Spain has asked me to publicize The International Opisthobranch Workshop that he is helping to organise in Sicily in June 1999.

Further details and links to their home page can be found at the top of this page.