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Slug ?

Postby bubble blower » Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:25 am

Sorry don't have a camera yet but wondered if anyone can recomend good site for identifying NZ species.

While diving yesterday, (in Queen Charlotte sound) I saw what I guess is a type of sea slug. It was bright Purple, around 230mm long, head looked like a snail, and had white thick blunt bristles growing from its back sort of like a scalp massage hair brush. Rocky bottom with silt below, about 12 M and temp 17c.

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Re: Slug ?

Postby binklebonk » Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:51 am

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Re: Slug ?

Postby ChuckyBob » Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:02 pm

Thats a Jason mirabilis BB and they dont get as big as 230mm.
Biggest I have seen would be 50mm or so.
And here is a much better pic 8)
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There are a few great slug ID sites on the net. I cant think of any names at the mo but in the mean time try this one.

http://slugsite.tierranet.com/
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Re: Slug ?

Postby bubble blower » Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:05 pm

Looks close.

Data sheet says they only grow to about 55mm so I either saw a mutant or suck at estimating size under water.

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Re: Slug ?

Postby justsimon » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:25 am

The easy way to guess size of small beasties underwater is to measure your hand span between little finger and thumb before you dive. I have small hands and mine's a touch over 200mm, half is 100mm etc. 230mm sounds huge for a Jason.

For future ID try Ian Skipworths site.
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