Melibe australis (Angas, 1864)


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.


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.