Pleurobranchus sp.

Pleurobranchus sp.
Family Pleurobranchidae

This striking slug is covered with red tubercles often surrounded by white, producing a tesselated or "tiled" effect. It is nocturnal and occurs in silty harbors and lagoons. Eggs are laid in beautifully ruffled white strands. It might be Pleurobranchus grandis.The specimen pictured was almost 8 in. long, fully extended.

Photo: Magic Island boat channel, O`ahu, Hawaii. 15 ft.

Photos and Text courtesy of John Hoover

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