February 17, 2009
From: Kathe R. Jensen
Concerning message #22211:
Dear Sully and Bill,
I am reluctant to identify this species as a Thuridilla. Few species of Thuridilla have papillose bodies, and when they do (as in T. albopustulata or T. flavomaculata) the papillae are usually distinctly demarcated, not fuzzy as in this species. Also, the rhinophores appear "wrong" somehow. Thuridilla has relatively large rhinophores almost meeting at the bases and distinctly rolled. With a length of 15 mm this one is not a juvenile, which might have smaller, grooved rhinophores. Rather I think this is an Elysia, but I don't want to put a species name on it.
email@example.comJensen, K.R., 2009 (Feb 17) Re: Thuridilla kathae? from Reunion Is.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22237
I understand your reluctance. Clearly there is still quite a bit of work needed on Elysia and Thuridilla.