February 28, 2007
From: Brian Francisco
Note added 12 March 2008: This species has been named Trapania miltabrancha
We have another unidentified species from Tulamben and would appreciate your help.
Locality: Tulamben, 10 meters, Bali, Indonesia, 30 January 2007, rubble slope. Length: 1 cm. Photographer: Brian Francisco.
Thanks very much.
email@example.comFrancisco, B., 2007 (Feb 28) Unidentified Trapania from Tulamben . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19513
In general shape this is a species of Trapania. I can't recall one with a colour pattern like this so I assume it is another unnamed species.
One interesting feature in your photo is that scattered over the reddish sponge are whitish blobs which each have a pair of small black spots in them. I have ringed one of them. There are almost certainly small animals called kamptozoans or entoprocts whhich we now know are the food of species of Trapania. These kamptozoans are often found living on certain sponges, which is why the Trapania are often found on such sponges.