Variation: Ceratosoma tenue

August 12, 2001
From: Valda Fraser


Dear Bill,

On a particular reef I saw quite a few dark orange individuals crawling about, but only one pale one. Why is it the odd man out? I thought that it may be sick, or may have eaten something to alter the body colour? What do you think?

Locality: Brazenhead, Transkei, Eastern Cape, SOUTH AFRICA, 25m
Date: July 2001
Size: 60mm

Thanks,
Valda Fraser

valdafraser@mweb.co.za

Fraser, V., 2001 (Aug 12) Variation: Ceratosoma tenue. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4970

Dear Valda,
This colour variant is very similar to one in an earlier message. I assume that these colour differences are just part of the genetic variation within the species. It is interesting that the southern Australian species Ceratosoma brevicaudatum has a similar range in colour variation.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Aug 12). Comment on Variation: Ceratosoma tenue by Valda Fraser. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4970

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