Species Index

Melibe australis
(Angas, 1864)

Distribution: Not commonly found in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found in temperate southern states of Australia, with records from New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: Found under stones and in algae, from rock pools to a depth of 10 m, but more common in shallower waters.

Additional Notes: Body may be a translucent cream, beige or pink, sometimes speckled with red or brown, with five pairs of short, mushroom shaped cerrata. If handled they exude a sweet, sickly scent. The cerrata are easily autotomised. Grows to 28 mm in length.

References: Robert Burn, 2015. Museum Victoria Field Guides: Nudibranchs and related molluscs. Museum Victoria, Melbourne. pp.190-1.

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.288.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. Accessed 14/08/18.