January 11, 2003
From: Ferda Buyukbaykal
Could you identify this photo please?
Data: Fethiye, Mugla, Turkey. September 2000, Depth: 8mt, length: 8-10cm, night dive sea grass bed.
email@example.comBuyukbaykal, F., 2003 (Jan 11) Pleurobranchaea sp from Turkey. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8887
This is a species of Pleurobranchaea but it is not possible to identify it without looking at its anatomy. Some authors consider that there is probably only one species in the Mediterranean, Pleurobranchaea meckelii, but in Marcus & Gosliner's (1984) review they recognise a number of species from western Europe and including 2 new species from the Mediterranean, including P. notmec from Turkey. Unfortunately they were described from a few preserved specimens so we have no knowledge of the appearance of living animals. All I can do is start a page for unidentified species of Pleurobranchaea.