Oxynoe sp. 3
Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. November 1999. 14 mm long. Photo: Julie Marshall.
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Rudman, W.B., 2000 (August 2) Oxynoe sp. 3 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/oxynsp3
February 7, 2001
From: Julie Marshall
Last year I sent you some photos of an Oxynoe with a short tail which you called Oxynoe sp. 3. In November 2000 I found another specimen of the same species at Heron Island [Great Barrier Reef] but this animal had a faulty regrowth resulting in two "tails" – a short one like in the original specimen and a larger tail growing above it. This animal was 16 mm long.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMarshall, J., 2001 (Feb 7) Oxynoe sp. with two tails. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3663
It looks like this one has a regrown tail which suggests there is something at Heron Island which is rather partial to a meal of Oxynoe. As Cynthia says in a message today, we don't know much about what eats opisthobranchs.
August 6, 2000
From: Julie Marshall
Attached are two photos of an Oxynoe species found in November 1999 on Caulerpa at the reef crest on the north side of Heron Island [Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia] under a dead coral slab. It was 14 mm in size and had a brownish green mantle with a speckling of brown dots which show through the transparent shell. The parapodia have numerous fine green papillae and there is a line of black dots on the edges of the parapodial borders. There are also green patches on the head and rhinophores and on the lower parts of the parapodia. This animal lacked the long tail of the usual Oxynoe but the short tail could have been newly regenerated.
email@example.comMarshall, J., 2000 (Aug 6) Oxynoe sp. from Heron Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2820
It will be interesting to hear what our sacoglossan experts think about its identity.