November 21, 2005
From: Gerhard Haszprunar
These are, to my knowledge, the first colour photos of Rhodope species. I am sending them for inclusion in the Sea Slug Forum gallery. These photos are based on our recently published paper:
Upper right: Rhodope roskoi. near Roscoff: 48º 43´532 N, 3º 50´712 W. Bretagne, France. NE Atlantic. Depth: 25 m. Length: 1.5 mm. 29 May 2005. on shelly gravel ("sable de amphioxus"). Photographer: Martin Hess.
Lower left: Rhodope veranii. Near Rovinj ?(introduced into aquarium). Croatia. Adriatic Sea. Length: 6 mm. [Probably in 1985] between green algae, probably shallow subtidal. Photographer: Maria Mizzarro-Wimmer (Univ. Vienna)
Lower right: Rhodope sp F, Haszprunar & Hess, 2005. Locality unknown. A single specimen found in in dark corner of tropical aquarium. Length: 3 - 4 mm. 6 February 1992. Photographer: Reinhard Kikinger (Univ. Vienna)
We would greatly appreciate further reports (best with photographic documentation) on these or other Rhodope species from all over the world.
Haszprunar, G. & Heß, M. (2005) A new Rhodope from the Roscoff area (Bretagne) with a review of Rhodope species. Spixiana, 28(3): 193-197.
All the best
Haszprunar, G., 2005 (Nov 21) First colour photos of Rhodope species. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15233
Thanks for these intersting photos. I hope they generate further information on these fascinating, and puzzling group of animals. For those of you unfamiliar with these microscopic worm-like animals I have prepared a Fact Sheet on the group - which I have tentatively followed the Southern Synthesis in calling the Order Rhodopemorpha.