Cyerce sp. 1.
Known at present from Great Barrier Reef and Papua New Guinea.
UPPER: Lizard Is, North Queensland, 30 mm long alive. June 1979. PHOTO: Bill Rudman.
LOWER: Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, December 1998, at the reef crest, 35 mm long alive. PHOTO: Julie Marshall.
A rather cryptically camouflaged species of Cyerce, which is at present unnamed. It ranges in colour from the greenish tinge of the upper photo to the brown of the lower photo.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (July 18) Cyerce sp. 1. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/cyersp1
September 15, 2008
From: Sylvain Le Bris
Can you help me to identify these species, found under a rock, on the top of the reef in very shallow waters
Locality: Marsa Nakari, 1 m, Egypt, Red Sea, 17 July 2008. Length: 2cm. Photographer: Sylvain Le Bris.
Sylvain Le Bris
Le Bris, S., 2008 (Sep 15) Cyerce ? from Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21849
I am pretty sure this is Cyerce sp. 1. It is usually not as transparent as your animal, but otherwise its colour pattern is very similar.
July 20, 1999
From: C. Carlson & P.J. Hoff
Here is an animal similar to the last Cyerce posting from the GBR. We have recorded 39 specimens; the largest measured 5.5mm. If they are the same, the pronounced difference in size is perplexing (but would make yours easier to dissect).
Lower animal 4.8mm, upper 3.2mm. On the reef between Cocos and Merizo, 6m; 27 September 1970.
Clay & Patty Jo
firstname.lastname@example.orgCarlson, C. & Hoff, P.J., 1999 (Jul 20) Cyerce sp. 1. - small version?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1083
Dear Clay & Patty Jo,
Your animals certainly look the same as the Great Barrier Reef specimens but the size difference is remarkable. Any evidence of reproduction, or is it possible that your animals for some reason (food shortage, predation etc) don't reach maturity?
July 18, 1999
From: Julie Marshall
Here is another species of Cyerce from Heron Island [Great Barrier Reef]photographed in December 1998 at the reef crest under a dead coral slab at low tide. It was 35 mm in size which is the largest specimen I have found of this species (I have found four other animals at Heron Island). This species was illustrated from Papua-New Guinea in Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Gosliner, Behrens and Williams (p. 156).
email@example.comMarshall, J., 1999 (Jul 18) Another Cyerce sp. from Heron Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1064
Another interesting find. As Gosliner, Behrens & Williams said, this species of Cyerce is unnamed.