May 23, 2005
From: Alan Shepard
Here are three shots of Cuthona pustulata taken last year off Eastport, Maine, USA. They were fairly numerous during May and June and not to be seen the rest of the year. Most specimens were about 15mm long. Almost every specimen was found crawling along the hydroid-covered timbers which litter the bottom of the old steamship pier. The timbers are by far the best location to find the smaller nudibranchs of the area. The timbers are covered with various species of hydroids and other invertebrates.
Locality: Eastport, Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine, USA. Atlantic Ocean. Depth: 10 to 12 metres. Length: approximately 15 mm. May/June 2004. Gravel and debris strewn bottom near remains of old pier. Photographer: Alan Shepard
Shephard, A.D., 2005 (May 23) Cuthona pustulata from Eastport, Maine, USA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13845
Thanks for another new animal for the Forum. This is another of those European species which may also occur on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Nth America. As I mention on the Fact Sheet however, there are still a few questions to be answered.
Cuthona pustulata - color variation from Eastport, Maine
From: Alan Shepard, August 1, 2005
Cuthona pustulata from Scotland
From: Jim Anderson, June 2, 2005