Sakuraeolis sp. 1
Malapascua Island, Philippines, 54mm long, Depth: 21m. 24.Feb. 2002. Photo: Eriwn Kohler.
The genus designation is tentative, based on external features. Another possibility is Godiva.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (June 13) Sakuraeolis sp. 1 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/sakusp1
June 15, 2002
From: Anne Owen
Can you help with this nudibranch which I found at Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia in March, 2002 - stunning contrast to the green Halimeda, again photo's in about 40-50 feet.
Hope you can help.
AnneOwen2000@aol.comOwen, A., 2002 (Jun 15) Aeolid from Sulawesi, Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/7203
I can't give you a name but I can give it a friend from the Philippines. This is the same as some photos Erwin Koehler sent from the Philippines and I have until now left amongst the unidentified. I suspect this animal is an unnamed aeolid of the genus Sakuraeolis, so I have put both your message and Erwin's together as Sakuraeolis sp. 1.
April 24, 2002
From: Erwin Köhler
Here are 3 shots of 2 specimens from the Philippines, Malapascua Island, divesite "Japanese Cargo Wreck". The smaller one has been spawning, stopped it (perhaps disturbed by me?) and crawled away together with the larger one.
Data: 54mm + 43mm
Date: 24.Feb. 2002
Köhler, E., 2002 (Apr 24) Aeolid from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6736
I suspect this is a species of Sakuraeolis, but I don't know of one with this colour pattern. The shape of the egg ribbon is not exclusive to Sakuraeolis, but at least one species, S. nungunoides has an identical egg ribbon.