Baeolidia variabilis Carmona, Pola, Gosliner & Cervera, 2014

This appears to be rather similar to the Berghia sp. 1 in Gosliner et al (2008). We found two specimens on 24 July 2011 under a small chunk of a loose, partially live faviid coral that was resting in a small depression on the upper seaward reef at a depth of about 6m. The animals measured 11 and 10mm.

Being photographed seemed to have disturbed the animal. It seemed to start to secrete a white mucus from its cerata, then appeared to even drop a couple of cerata in the sticky mass as it crawled away. Possibly an escape response?

Created 31 July 2011
Updated 31 May 2014

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