Feeding Thecacera picta from Vanuatu

July 9, 2007
From: Barbara Hanchard

Concerning message #19706:

Bill,
The attached photo lends support to the idea [message #5771] that Thecacera picta feeds on aborescent bryozoans. This chap was happily munching away. Third occasion of sighting this species in the Solomon Islands for me.

Locality: Beside the "Wreck of the Ann" Russell Islands, 15 metres, Solomon Islands, Pacific Ocean, 16 June 2007, Sandy slope. Length: 25 - 30 mm. Photographer: N. Barbara Hanchard.

I have photos of the other two separate occassions of sighting in 2005 on Guadacanal but they are not feeding and photo quality predates current camera capabilities and skill.

Hope this of use to your database?
Regards
Barbara Hanchard

barbara.hanchard@ffa.int

Hanchard, N.B., 2007 (Jul 9) Feeding Thecacera picta from Vanuatu. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20058

Dear Barbara,
The first thing I noticed when I opened your message was the animal apparently feeding on the bryozoan. With Erwin's observation [#5791] and yours, I think we can say its food is known. If we had prizes to offer, you would definitely win this weeks prize.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Jul 9). Comment on Feeding Thecacera picta from Vanuatu by Barbara Hanchard. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20058

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