AppearanceExternally, Melbie colemani is similar to Melibe bucephala Bergh, 1902 (Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum) and Melibe engeli Risbec , 1937, in that it has cerata with elongate apical papillae. However, in M. colemani, the cerata are laterally flattened rather than cylindrical, as in the other two species. Also, Both M. bucephala and M. engeli also differ in having rhinophoral sheaths with a sail-like extension on the posterior side bearing numerous elongate papillae. In contrast, Melibe colemani has largely cylindrical rhinophoral sheaths with a single elongate papilla at the apex.
NamingNamed after the late Neville Coleman, who is an expert in Nudbranch and Slugs, who have published several books on Nudibranch. He was the first one to find this species from Mabul Island, Malaysia.
DistributionRecorded in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.
BehaviorAll species of Melibe have an Oral Hood which they spread out over the sand or other substrate and pull back like a fishing net to feed. Little crustaceans and other food trapped within is then moved to the oral opening. They do not have a jaw, so their prey is consumed in one piece.
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