November 1, 2002
From: Marina Poddubetskaia
In Mauritius I saw many specimens of this little sacoglossan in several sites. It seems to be quite common there. I think, it is a Thuridilla species but I can't recognize which one. It looks a little like Thuridilla gracilis, but:
- the rhinophores are orange-yellow and not just tipped with orange
- the foot and the head aren't edged with orange (I looked at it closer in a tank)
- the whitish mark on the head is Y-shaped and not T-shaped
Have you any idea which species is it?
Location: Pereybere, Mauritius, Indian Ocean, Site: L'aquarium de Pereybere
Upper and Lower Left: October 15, 2002, Depth: 10m, Size: 15-17mm
Lower Right: animal found under a dead coral, October 12, 2002, Depth: 10m, Size: 12-13mm. Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website
Thank you in advance.
Poddubetskaia, M., 2002 (Nov 1) Thuridilla virgata from Mauritius. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8308
This is Thuridilla virgata. A nice addition to the Forum. It is only known from the Indian Ocean, and was first described from specimens collected in Mauritius.