Recognition and acknowledgment

I have listed here special 'thank you' messages and notices of awards the Forum receives.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (January 17) Recognition and acknowledgment. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Related messages

Someone noticed the Forum.

April 6, 2006
From: Jim Lyle

Check out this blog re the forum:


Lyle, J.L., 2006 (Apr 6) Someone noticed the Forum.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Jim,
Yes I mentioned this on the Forum about 4 years ago but its certainly worth drawing newer Forum visitors attention to it. Reading it again, it certainly hasn't dated. It is hard sometimes to get the intangible value of the Forum across to bureacrats and administrators, and some fellow scientists for that matter, and I often hand out copies of James Norton's blog when discussing the value of the Forum to such people;
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Apr 6). Comment on Someone noticed the Forum. by Jim Lyle. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks for the Forum!

February 20, 2004
From: Asther M. Lau

Thank you Bill!
Re: message #12216. Really appreciate your help in identifying or confirming the species me and my fellow divers found throughout the years. Ever since I cited your website to my fellow divers, our group became more and more deeply involved in their dives, searching and learning for more on seaslugs.

Somehow, we've created a new subject of interest/hobby out of the information we've obtained from this site of yours. It's like we're inspired to dive in a more meaningful way!

On behalf of my group (the UBA) we would like to thank you and fellow contributors to this site for the vast knowledge that we've gained.
Asther M. Lau

Lau, A.M., 2004 (Feb 20) Thanks for the Forum!. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Asther,
I am glad you and your friends find the Forum valuable. It is just not possible for the few 'experts' in the world to observe everything. Early in my career I realised how much valuable information was being lost because interested amateurs did not realise that observations they were making had never been seen by the experts. I am glad the Forum has become a place where both professional scientists and interested amateurs can share what we know and accumulate new information for everyone's benefit.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Amazing stuff!

December 10, 2003
From: Sean Millard

Hi to all who run this site,
I am currently an undergraduate student in Scotland. I have an assignment to make a scientific poster presentation on feeding mechanisms, in particular suctorial feeding. It was proving difficult to find anything interesting so far and then i came across this site. ITS GREAT!! I never realised that there were such amazing creatures out there with such complex symbiotic relationships as those between Elysia and the algae they feed on! I will be sure to recommend this site to everyone at my presentation.
Keep up the good work!!
Sean Millard

Millard, S., 2003 (Dec 10) Amazing stuff!. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Sean,
Positive feedback is always welcome
Good Luck with you presentation
Bill Rudman

Review of the Sea Slug Forum

May 30, 2002
From: Bill Rudman

My attention has been drawn to a very flattering review of the Sea Slug Forum by James Norton in the web based Flak Magazine [24 April 2002].
Have a look at

Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (May 30) Review of the Sea Slug Forum. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


April 23, 2002
From: Kimberly Griffin, 3rd Grade

Dear Dr. Rudman:
This is a great site for me to get answers to my homework questions. I found out what nudibranch species eat, how they reproduce, and how they protect themselves in the environment. There was nothing in my local Library. Thank you very much.
Kimberly Griffin, 3rd Grade

Griffin, K., 2002 (Apr 23) Appreciation. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


October 9, 2001
From: Miquel Pontes

Thanks to you, Bill, for running such a superb information center on nudibranchs, the best on Earth, believe me. It's a pleasure to collaborate with your project by sending pictures and questions. I guess these questions are useful to us all.

Miquel Pontes

M@re Nostrum

Pontes, M., 2001 (Oct 9) Thanks. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Miquel,
The Forum is only as good as the contributors. I was very pleased that with Jean-Pierre's Bielecki's photos we could solve your tritoniid mystery so quickly, and at the same time increase our knowledge of these wonderful animals. One of my main aims in developing the Forum was to provide a place for anyone interested in sea slugs - amateurs, students, divers, researchers - to ask and answer questions, to publish photos and observations and swap ideas. The 'white tritoniid mystery' is an excellent example of how the Forum can help us all.
Best wishes & thanks,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Oct 9). Comment on Thanks by Miquel Pontes . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Just a thanks

December 12, 2000
From: Eric James

Hey I just like to say WOW thank you a lot. I didn't think I could find any information
on the Spanish Dancer. I go to the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Minnesota and when I asked for a random choice on a marine animal to write up about, they laughed and said "SPANISH DANCER FOR YOU HA HA HA."
I was searching web engines forever until I came up on your page.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, you've made learning fun....
woops I didn't say that.

James, E., 2000 (Dec 12) Just a thanks. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Eric,
I'm glad you found the Forum informative and fun! I have just returned from a month in Lifou, an island to the east of New Caledonia. I took some photos of a Spanish Dancer swimming, and also some photos of a tiny juvenile only a few millimeters long. Hopefully when they are processed I'll be able to add them to the Forum
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

What a fantastic website!

January 28, 2000
From: Kellie Stover

What a fantastic website!
I teach 7th grade Life Science at Hershey Middle School in PA. Sea slugs are something very few of my students have ever seen. Your site has allowed them to study these amazing invertebrates and hopefully some of them will choose to continue studies in this area. I think that the pictures are fabulous and for this age group that is very important. Pictures draw them in and provide the motivation for learning more about something that looks so "radical"!
Thanks to all who worked on developing this site!
Mrs. Stover

Stover, K., 2000 (Jan 28) What a fantastic website!. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Recognition for Sea Slug Forum (2)

January 18, 2000
From: Sam Meddis

Subject: You're a USA TODAY Hot Site!
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000

Your Web site [Sea Slug Forum] was selected as a Hot Site in today's edition of a free and highly popular news service on the World Wide Web.

Just as we do with top-rated movies and TV programs, we look daily for Web sites that are likely to be sure hits with readers -- sites that seek to astound and delight, inform or amuse -- by exhibiting something remarkable in graphics, content or both.

Check out our Tech section at to find your listing, either today in the Hot Sites page or later in the
archive of previous days' Hot Site reviews.

Again, congrats on a hot site.
Sam Meddis
Technology Editor

Meddis, S., 2000 (Jan 18) Recognition for Sea Slug Forum (2) . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Recognition for Sea Slug Forum (3)

January 18, 2000
From: Nancy White

Subject: Community MiniCase Study: SeaSlug Forum
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2000

I was perusing the excellent Scout Report today ( and noted the Sea Slug Forum. At first I giggled. Then I hit the site. It is worth the slow download time if you love sea creatures. But more germane to this list, it is also an excellent example of adding interaction to a very focused site. Great (and clear) sense of mission and purpose, with an excellent and responsive host! Check out the membership and see how this community has connected with those who study and are interested in sea slugs.

What a service! Incredible use of images for a REASON (vs. "just having them") It was a pleasure to discover such a great site!

From the Scout Report:
"Sea Slug Forum.
Produced by the Australian Museum and maintained by Dr. Bill Rudman, the recently redesigned Sea Slug Forum is an excellent resource for information on nudibranchs and related sea slugs such as bubble-shells, sea hares, and side-gilled slugs. One of the chief features of the site is a lengthy species list that links to lovely photos, brief descriptions, distribution information, and related messages from the site's Forum. The site also offers a sizable collection of short pieces and archived forum messages on a variety of general topics, arranged alphabetically. Users can send their own questions and review messages sent to the site along with Dr. Rudman's replies by date or via a keyword search engine. Additional resources include suggested reading, related annotated links, and information on forum participants. "

P.S. Dr. Rudman, I'm cc-ing you this message so you know I've posted this information about your site. I was so impressed with your efforts, I wanted to share them with the list group!

Nancy White
Full Circle Associates

White, N., 2000 (Jan 18) Recognition for Sea Slug Forum (3) . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Sorry about the download time. Hopefully that is a temporary problem brought about about by the popularity of the museum's websites. It shoul be resolved in a few weeks.
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Jan 18). Comment on Recognition for Sea Slug Forum (3) by Nancy White . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Recognition for Sea Slug Forum (1)

January 17, 2000
From: Internet Scout Project

The Internet Scout Project has selected your site-- Sea Slug Forum --for inclusion in the Scout Report (January 3, 2000),, a weekly current awareness publication that highlights new and newly discovered Internet resources. We take care to cover only the most useful resources, considering the depth of content, the authority of the source, and how well the information is maintained and presented. Our selection criteria are rigorous.

The Internet Scout Project is an NSF-sponsored organization based in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Internet Scout Project

Re: Nudibranch Questions

February 17, 1999
From: Beth Kyd

Dear Bill,
I have read many of the q/a you posted on the Forum and have found many areas where a forum such as this would apply and be quite helpful to a lot of people! It's a great idea and obviously your Sea Slug Forum is quite a hit! I give workshops, technical assistance and consultation in the area of early childhood inclusion (as well as teach) and have thought a lot about setting up a forum such as this one. Maybe when the time affords I can do that, but for now I'm plenty busy enough!
Thank YOU for your positive replies to both me and Dale!
Have a great day!
Beth Kyd

Kyd, B., 1999 (Feb 17) Re: Nudibranch Questions. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from