March 18, 1999
From: Lindsay Warren
Please find attached further opisthobranchs found in the Tukang Besi Islands, [Sulawesi, Indonesia - Operation Wallacea ] last year:
#78 - Length: 9 mm. White shell with orange spots. Mantle orange with white spots and orange spots. White centre to posterior foot. They were found on dead branching coral which was covered in algae.
#79 - Length: 8 mm. Internal shell different from OWN78 with white blotches with orange centre. Mantle with small orange spots. White centre to posterior foot from shell to end of foot surrounded by transparent
mantle with a few orange spots. They were found on dead branching coral which was covered in algae.
My feeling is that they are both Haminoea cymbalum although there were some distinct differences.
If you would like the illustrations emailed through, please let me know. Looking forward to hearing your comments.
All the best
firstname.lastname@example.orgWarren, L., 1999 (Mar 18) Haminoea cymbalum? from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/691
Yes I think they are both H. cymbalum. It seems to vary in colour quite considerably, some animals having no purple, others with small purple spots, and others with large diffuse purple patches. The orange and green also varies. Anyone else's comments are very welcome.
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