December 1, 2009
From: Kevin Lee
This past July, I had the great pleasure of 'branking' with Alicia Hermosillo, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Ali's body & eyes should be registered as a national treasures, as she is able to locate slugs, small as a specks of sand or so well-camouflaged that mere mortals cannot see them.
One such slug, Elysiella pusilla, is presented here. When Ali "showed" it to me, I kept looking and looking, not knowing what it was. Finally, I had a Eureka moment and the animal registered in my brain.
Is this the same slug as the recently posted "Elysiella pusilla from Gulf of Kutch, India" [message #22859], I wonder?
Locality: Puerto Vallarta, 25 feet, Mexico, East Pacific, 05 July 2009, Rocky, sandy reef, with UW flora. Length: 1/2 inch. Photographer: Kevin Lee.
I'll share more cryptic characters, from Mexico, on the forum, which, but for Ali, I would have never seen.
firstname.lastname@example.orgLee, Kevin, 2009 (Dec 1) Elysiella pusilla from the Pacific coast of Mexico. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22899
I am sure diving with Ali must have been very rewarding experience. From India to Mexico is certainly a long way, but from all accounts it appears that the species does indeed range from east Africa to west Mexico.
Elysiella pusilla from Gulf of Kutch, India
From: Vishal Bhave, November 27, 2009
Re: Feeding on Halimeda
From: Kathe R. Jensen, June 30, 2003
Feeding on Halimeda
From: Oliver A. Gussmann, June 27, 2003
Elysiella pusilla from Kerama Is., Japan
From: Jun Imamoto, August 3, 2001
Chemical defence in Elysiella pusilla
From: Bill Rudman, May 6, 2000
Re: Elysiella pusilla
From: Eirik Eilertsen , July 28, 1999
Halimeda sea slug
From: Eirik Mack Eilertsen, July 25, 1999