Phestilla minor in sthn Queensland

November 20, 2009
From: Gary Cobb

Concerning message #882:

Hi Bill and everyone!
Well here is another species that appears rare on the Forum. Phestilla minor found here intertidally is quite a surprise, complete with egg mass.

Locality: Pt Cartwright, Mooloolaba, intertidal, Queensland, Australia, Pacific Ocean, 10 July 2004, Intertidal. Length: 8 mm. Photographer: Gary Cobb.

Gary Cobb

Cobb, G.C., 2009 (Nov 20) Phestilla minor in sthn Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Gary,

Sorry your message seems to have been 'lost'. I found it when I was preparing Peter's [message #22811].

I have never seen a specimen with this reddiah colouration before. Are there any small colonies of the coral Porites in the locality? If not there is always the chnace this is a similar looking species of Cuthona. I must say the swollen tips to the cerata look very like the glandular sacs I would expect to find in a species of Phestilla, so I'll wait to here what you can tell me about the presence of Porites nearby

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2009 (Nov 20). Comment on Phestilla minor in sthn Queensland by Gary Cobb. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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