Thorunna speciosus Rudman, 1990 – Filling in the Gap?
According to the Sea Slug Forum , Thorunna speciosus is known only from Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia, with a possible sighting from Seragaki , Okinawa, by Bob Bolland. Could it be that Webmaster Mike’s observation here – Fills in the geographic gap between these two disjunct localities?
Another tiny chromodorid (reaching only about 8mm), Mike’s specimen has the characteristic orange band along the edge of the mantle, and the wide anterior patch on the head which is specific to this species.
As a kicker, Mike was able to make a short quicktime video-clip of the animal foraging across the substrate. Head tentacle and mouth are clearly alert looking for its sponge prey. We often think sea slugs are slow movers, but Mike’s clip clearly shows that some species can move right along.
Rudman, W.B. 1990. The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: further species of Glossodoris, Thorunna and the Chromodoris aureomarginata colour group. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 263-326.
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