Tropical western Pacific.
Vanuatu, intertidal. 1cm long. PHOTO: Vinka Stenhouse.
The background colour of the animal is dark blue-black. There is bright orange-yellow line at the parapodial edge, and a broad light blue band running parallel to the parapodial edge just below the edge. It is separated from the orange-yellow edge by a thin line of blue-black. The rhinopores are also light blue except for the tip which is blue-black. A dorsal patch of blue also occurs on the posterior tip of the foot. The anterior margin of the foot has an orange line.
•Gosliner, T.M. (1995) The genus Thuridilla (Opisthobranchia: Elysiidae) from the tropical Indo-Pacific, with a revision of ther phylogeny and systematics of the Elysiidae. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 49(1): 1-54.
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (November 27) Thuridilla hoffae Gosliner, 1995. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/thurhoff
November 28, 2003
From: Marina Poddubetskaia
Here is one more Thuridilla from Mayotte : I think it is Thuridilla hoffae and I'd like you to confirm it, please. The second specimen seems bluer than usual, but in fact the photo is overexposed (much more light than usual). The real colour was dark blue.
Each time I photographed this species (usually found under stones and dead corals), it tried to hide into some tiny hole somewhere in the rock. I lost 2 specimens like this.
Upper Photo 1:
November 11, 2003
Location: Handrema, Mayotte Island, France, Indian Ocean
Site: Banc Laclocheterie
Lower Photo 2:
November 05, 2003
Location: Mayotte Island, France, Indian Ocean
Site: Passe en S, buoy n° 3
email@example.comPoddubetskaia, M., 2003 (Nov 28) Thuridilla hoffae from Mayotte. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/11525
Yes I'm sure this is Thuridilla hoffae.
February 17, 2000
From: Vinka Stenhouse
This one is from, Vanuatu. It was 1cm long and was found intertidally.
This is another of the colourful sacoglossans of the genus Thuridilla. This species is Thuridilla hoffae.