Ceratosoma tenue from Sodwana, Sth Africa

February 5, 2004
From: Charles Rowe


Hi Bill,
Here is another nudi which I photographed in January at Sodwana in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Stringer Reef, Sodwana. 7 January 2004.

All in all our short holiday at Sodwana was very fruitful with shots of a flatworm I hadn't seen before, a paperfish and lovely cleaner shrimps.
Best wishes
Charles Rowe

bumff@mweb.co.za

Rowe, C., 2004 (Feb 5) Ceratosoma tenue from Sodwana, Sth Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12132

Thanks Charles,
This is Ceratosoma tenue. It can be distinguished by the extra bump on the mantle edge halfway down each side, between the gills and the rhinophores. I have included a close-up of the head, because it shows that the animal is feeding. In species of Ceratosoma the oral tube is brightly coloured rather than colourless as in species of Chromodoris. The rock-like 'lump' it is crawling on is a sponge colony. Unfortunately I doubt if there is enough detail to identify the sponge
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2004 (Feb 5). Comment on Ceratosoma tenue from Sodwana, Sth Africa by Charles Rowe. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12132

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