February 12, 2006
From: Kristin Anderson
Just saw the new fact sheets and thought I would these two shots of Aphelodoris karpa.
I've had them as Aphelodoris sp for a while now and wondering if one or both might be this newly added species?
They often have bright red shrimp on them, too.
Locality: Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo Reef, 18 & 22m, Western Australia, Exmouth Gulf, late 03 & January 04, silty, tidal. Length: 8-9 cm. Photographer: Kristin Anderson
kristin@OceansByAnderson.comAnderson, K.J., 2006 (Feb 12) Aphelodoris karpa from Ningaloo Reef. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15824
That was a quick response. Yes I would sat they are both A. karpa. It's nice to see examples of its colour variability. It would be interesting to see more examples of A. gigas. It seems to have quite a few similarities to A. karpa in some of its colour variations.
Interesting to hear about the red shrimp. It is possibly Periclimenes imperator, which is usually associated with Hexabranchus sanguineus, but is found with quite few large opisthobranchs.