Chelidonura fulvipunctata (Baba, 1938)

Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Photographer: 
Matt Nimbs
Date: 
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Location: 
Bare Bluff, Sandy Beach
Depth: 
1m
Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Location: 
N W Solitary Is.
Depth: 
10m
Additional Notes: 

Specimen above pictured in algal bed on mixed substrate. 

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 .5 m of water. Uses a fringe of sensory hairs to detect prey. 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. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12429. Accessed 21/07/18.