May 29, 2000
From: Valda Fraser
Before, you tentatively suggested that here we are dealing with one animal, i.e. Glossodoris sp. 7. The more I see these nudibranchs, the more I think they must be different. It's such a pity I can't drag you along to see for yourself!
UPPER: - Park Rynie - 25m, 25mm
Body: cylindrical shape with raised nodules
Foot: short and white
Gills: very pale
LOWER: - Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas - 15m, 20mm
Body: cylindrical shape with indentation and nodules which stand out very slightly
Foot: long with same markings as the body
Rhinophores: white, tipped with greenish/brown
Gills: same colouring as rhinophores
What do you think?
firstname.lastname@example.orgFraser, V., 2000 (May 29) White-spotted Glossodoris from S.Africa.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2378
Your second photos clearly show the same differences as the first two. I know that's not a very big sample but knowing how important such differences are in many species I am more than happy to consider them to be distinct species. It would be nice to get some information on which sponges they feed on and what their egg masses look like. I have split them into Glossodoris sp. 7 and Glossodoris sp. 8.