March 8, 2005
From: Denis Riek
This is the first example of this family that I have found. It was under a rock in very shallow water and if not for the bright colour I would never have seen it.I had to photograph it at home and when I looked at the shots some have what appears to eggs being carried at the rear and under the flaps.
Locality: Brunswick River, N.S.W. Australia. Depth: 1.5 metres. Length: 3mm. 03 March 2005. Under rock in shallow water, high tide. Photographer: Denis Riek
Sorry the images aren't clearer but it was just too small.
Riek, D.W., 2005 (Mar 8) Siphopteron with eggs from northern N.S.W.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13294
I am not sure whether this is just a colour form of the species in your other message [#13295], which I identified as Siphopteron sp. 5. That species certainly has quite a colour variation including animals without white patches. It ceratinly looks as though your animal is carrying eggs. Perhaps it is in the process of laying them as in the few cases of egg laying we know about, the eggs are deposited in a jelly filled sac, either attached by a mucous thread to the substrate, or attached along on side to the substrate.
Re: Siphopteron with eggs from northern N.S.W.
From: Denis Riek, March 14, 2005
Siphopteron sp. 5 from northern N.S.W.
From: Denis Riek, March 8, 2005
Colour variation in Siphopteron sp. 5
From: Nils Anthes, January 19, 2004
Siphopteron sp. 5 from Botany Bay
From: Bill Rudman, January 16, 2004
Siphopteron sp. 5 from Lizard Is
From: Nils Anthes, January 14, 2004