Species Index

Biuve fulvipunctata
(Baba, 1938)

Distribution: Moderately common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from the Indo-Pacific region generally. In Australia recorded from the east coast and Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes: Known to occur in rocky habitats as well as algal beds. Depth range from intertidal to at least 12 m.

Additional Notes: Variable in colour, from dark brown to orange, may be recognised by the “W” shaped mark on the head. Thought to feed on acoelemate flatworms and polychaete worms, specimen in top picture found under a boulder in 0.5 m of water. Uses a fringe of sensory hairs to detect prey. Previously known as Chelidonura fulvipunctata. Grows to at least 17 mm.

References: Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.41.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. Accessed 21/07/18.