Trapania? sp. 4
in intertidal pool, probably damaged, Malta, July 2000. Photo: Constantine Mifsud.
See message below.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (July 8) Trapania? sp. 4 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/trapsp4
July 18, 2000
From: Constantine Mifsud
Thank you Bill and Lucas for your comments. I am posting another photo I captured from the video with the animal's everted genitalia.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMifsud, C., 2000 (Jul 18) Re: Trapania? from Malta. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2695
One thing is certain - it was a very sick animal when you photographed it!
July 11, 2000
From: Juan Lucas Cervera
I have never seen a European Trapania sp. like this one found by Constantine. According to the photos it seems to me different from T. graeffei (Bergh, 1880) (Italy-Adriatic Sea). Unfortunately, there are no more records of this species. Probably, it is an undescribed species.
More information about Mediterranean and Atlantic species of Trapania are supplied in:
J.L. CERVERA, J.C. GARCIA-GOMEZ and C. MEGINA. (2000) A new species of Trapania Pruvot-Fol, 1931 from the Bay of Cadiz, with remarks on other Trapania species (Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae). Ophelia, 52(1): 17-24.
email@example.comCervera, J.L., 2000 (Jul 11) Re: Trapania? from Malta. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2694
July 9, 2000
From: Constantine Mifsud
I am attaching a few photos of an Opisthobranch which I found in a "hot" tidepool (it was 40 here) yesterday at Malta, central Mediterranean Sea. The animal was in a poor condition but I managed to get a short video shot under the microscope while it was still alive. It was 6mm when fully extended and has the characteristic dark red patch on its head.I could not see any cerata on the body and thought it might be a Trapania.
Is there anyone (especially from Europe)who has seen this species before? I cannot trace it from the literature, perhaps it is a juvenile specimen.I have included a close-up view of the head (bottom right).
Mifsud, C., 2000 (Jul 9) Trapania? from Malta. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2677
It certainly has the look of a Trapania. Any cerata-like appendages could easily have disintegrated if the animal was being slowly cooked.