Research Requests

This is a place where research workers can leave a message asking for help from Forum participants in finding specimens, collecting information etc. Please don't send message asking for 'all sea slugs from Australia' or even 'all phyllidiids you find' but if you feel your project would be greatly helped by recruiting thousands of extra pairs of eyes to find and observe particular animals, then send a message explaining what your are doing and what sort of help you require.

See attached messages below.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2007 (February 19) Research Requests. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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Microsatellites in Elysia

February 17, 2010
From: Alexander J├╝terbock

Does anyone know of microsatellites developed for Elysia ssp.? I searched in GenBank (NCBI) but found nothing.

Alexander Jüterbock

J├╝terbock, A.J., 2010 (Feb 17) Microsatellites in Elysia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Alexander,

Hopefully one of those working in the field will be able to help

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Honours Supervisors in Australia or NZ

November 16, 2009
From: Michael Kramer

I am a marine biology student studying at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, but born and bred in New Zealand. I have been interested in opisthobranchs for some time, and hope to do my Honours project on an ecological or biological aspect of an order within this subclass (eg. nudibranchs, cephalaspideans, anaspideans or sacoglossans). I know this interest is very broad, but I have one more year left of my undergraduate degree before I dive into an Honours project, so I am using this opportunity to get things narrowed down and organised while I still have plenty of time.

I have approached a few possible supervisors within James Cook University regarding the likelihood of conducting a project on opisthobranchs. It has been suggested to me that there may be other knowledgeable persons within Australia and New Zealand that I could contact to co-supervise a project, and that this forum could be the place to advertise my inquiries.
If anyone has any suggestions regarding the planning stages of my project, or if there is any academic persons available and willing to co-supervise (or supervise) my Honours project, it would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Michael Kramer

Kramer, M.J., 2009 (Nov 16) Honours Supervisors in Australia or NZ. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Phyllodesmium research

February 19, 2007
From: Ingo Burghardt

Dear Bill and dear „community",

What a great idea to create a "Phyllodesmium" day! It's really a fascinating genus and although I've finished my PhD on solarpowered nudibranchs I still continue to work on them. We already described new species and some descriptions are still in review. Nevertheless we (Heike Wägele and I) just started to work on the molecular phylogeny of this group, but to get a more complete picture of their evolution there are still a lot of species (especially undescribed and non-solarpowered ones) missing.

As most of you know most Phyllodesmium species are very cryptic and on own expeditions I experienced that it is very hard to get specimens for later analysis. Therefore I have a request for all of you who are interested: Whenever you find Phyllodesmium species (maybe with the exception of P. briareum) it would be great if you could contact me. Our knowledge on the biology and diversity of Phyllodesmium is still a "bottomless pit" and it would be sad if it would stay like this!
Thanks :-)
Best wishes,

Burghardt, I., 2007 (Feb 19) Phyllodesmium research. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Ingo,
I thought it might be an idea to set up a page for research requests, like this so any researcher with a specific interest could 'advertise' their needs. Cheers
Bill Rudman


Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Feb 19). Comment on Phyllodesmium research by Ingo Burghardt. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from