Melibe cf. australis
Harmer's Haven, north-west of Cape Patterson in Victoria, Australia, 5 January 2003. Approx 25mm long. Photo: Leon Altoff.
This species has similarities to Melibe australis, with inflated cerata, while most of the genus have flattened cerata. However the shape of the cerata is quite different from that of typical M. australis and it lacks the papillae found in that species. It also seems to lack the prominent dendritic papillae or gills found on the back of M. australis. I suspect this animal may be another small species of Melibe from southern Australia.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (February 27) Melibe cf. australis [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/melicfaust
Melibe cf. australis - another photo
From: Audrey Falconer, March 2, 2003
Re: Non-swimming species of Melibe
From: Audrey Falconer, March 1, 2003