April 15, 2006
From: Ian Banks
This specimen was found under the stern of the wreck of the Scottish Prince (sunk 1887). The wreck is located approximately 800 metres from the beach opposite Seaworld on the Gold Coast, sthn Queensland.
It appears to be similar to a Tambja, but not as in the pictures I have seen at this stage. What do you think it is?
Locality: Scottish Prince, Gold Coast, 11 metres, South East Queensland, Australia, Pacific Ocean, 22nd October 2005, On stern of wreck - Sponges etc. Length: 40 mm. Photographer: Ian Banks
I have not yet seen this one at other locations on the Gold Coast.
Banks, I.W., 2006 (Apr 15) Tambja cf. verconis from sthn Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16247
This is an interesting addition. This animal is present known only from northern New Zealand and Sth Korea, suggesting it is either hitching a ride on shipping or we haven't looked very hard in the ocean in between. I have been calling it Tambja cf. verconis because it has some colour similarities to T. verconis which is known from temperate Australia and northern New Zealand. It also has similarities to the NW Pacific species Tambja sagamiana, in fact the yellow and blue is completely reversed in the two species.
It certainly appears to be a distinct species, but as far as I know, it has not been studied anatomically.
Tambja cf. verconis from South Korea
From: Dong Bum Koh, June 11, 2005
Tambja cf. verconis from Korea
From: Dong Bum, Koh, October 19, 2002
Tambja cf. sagamiana from Sth Korea
From: Dong Bum, Koh, July 12, 2002
Tambja verconis? from NZ
From: Daphne & Graham Climie, December 3, 1999