Nudibranchs - Sunshine Coast etc. / t_1376
All photos copyright ©2003-2017 Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Terry Farr and Julie Schubert
21/12/09
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Pleurobranchus forskalii (Ruppell & Leuckart, 1828)
Location: Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Queensland Australia
Size: 55-170 mm
Depth: 9 m
Temperature: 24 C

ORDER: PLEUROBRANCHIDA
FAMILY:
Pleurobranchidae

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Photographs by Gary Cobb, Terry Farr and Julie Schubert- Copyright 2003-2017

Characteristics of this species are the tubercles arranged in clusters with a elongate posterior extension of the mantle. (below)

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Above: This 170 mm long speciman was found on Saturday, It was found again 2 days later.
Comparing the mantle details confirms that the two animals are the same.
NOTE the aniaml found in-situ (B)has no white crescents, while the animal in captivity (A) shows them quite well,
which brings up questions about this species.