April 16, 2003
From: Linda Ianniello
Hi, Dr. Bill,
Here is another one from Florida that I think is Nanuca sebastiani. I used the photo and description in Colin Redfern's book to identify it. It was very small, less than 1/2 inch and was found in March, 2003 off Deerfield Beach, Florida at a depth of about 10 feet. It was just crawling on the bottom.
firstname.lastname@example.orgIanniello, I., 2003 (Apr 16) Nanuca sebastiani from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9553
Yes this is Nanuca sebastiani, another new find for Florida. This is another of those problematic species described by the Marcuses on the basis of preserved specimens (Marcus, 1957). Fortunately in this case, they later identified an animal, which had a description of its living colour (Marcus & Marcus, 1963), with Nanuca sebastiani, so its identity can be tied to that later description.