A young girl came in complaining to have been stung by something she picked up. Turns out to have been this, found on the beach at low tide.
No interactions present.
These large molluscs have a very interesting evolutionary history.
Aplysia fasciata is a rare visitor to southern England
The only British species is Aplysia punctata. Marlin says they are very similar!
Anyone know the difference between them that will aid id here?
I think the purple mass is the gills. Aplysia can produce a purple liquid when disturbed. Sea slugs are not poisonous to touch, but I wouldn't eat one.
Thank you for that. Really helpful! We've come to the conclusion that due to the amount of exposure, and possibly a reaction with her skin, it caused her pain.
I am pretty uncertain of the ID here and would have agreed with A.punctata. Like JoC I consider the purple mass to be part of anatomy.
I have fair skin (though old!) and my G'son is only 8 - we fondled them a LOT this year - no ill effects.
As a matter of interest, their egg mass is often a similar purple - see mine here http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/315182
Check Chris's ID here
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/58346 and see if you can add an agreement; we're short of those in Marines!
I have added this as a revised ID. A. fasciata is such a rare visitor, and there is nothing in the photos to suggest this specimen is other than A punctata. We'll see if anyone agrees.
Well, if I had spelled it correctly, someone might agree! Anyone know how to correct a spelling mistake in an ID?
Jo, that cannot be done (modifying an ID) the only way is to do it again.
No embarrassment for you - only nine people on the Planet look at Marine Inverts and we all know you are cool!
The disadvantage is that it now won't get picked up by 'Other Observations' or populate the ID Panel with links to EOL etc.
You may be thankful that it will not appear in Google Images!
On the note of your proposed ID, there can be no certain way of telling (is there) but I am always happy to lean on gut feelings (you MUST be far better at that than me!).
So there you go, I agree but it won't swing it unless you correct the spelling.
Oh Seatrust could delete the whole post, but PLEASE don't!
Thanks for that. I will leave it as it is at present, and send a comment to the webmasters asking if they would consider the possibility of amending the program to include an editing facility fo IDs.
Generally speaking (writing) I would be against modifying IDs. We might (would) find that people may modify their IDs on the grounds that they are simply wrong, embarrassing or, perhaps, downright careless. I do feel (I've not been here long though) that such ID trails are VERY valuable. The deductive process, often involving good Comment Discussion would be lost - the Comment Trail will also lose its meaning if the ID changed half-way through.
I know your concern will be about a slip of the keys or, in my case, racing against Chrisbrooks (sad eh?). But no, disallow I say.
That we can easily make a spelling mistake is obvious to us all; that we correct it (afterwards), is the right thing. C'mon Jo., correct it!
See how powerful I have become since we 'met', giving an agreement to a misspelling has made it Likely!
Afterwards (later) - and now see how the comment trail has a discontinuity..Ha..
Carlo, welcome. Maculata (spotted also) is quite a different animal I think.
But it is so poorly represented on the Web that I thought at first it might be a synonym for A.punctata.
But no, WoRMS has it clearly here http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=568166
I seems to only occur in the Indian Ocean - this sighting is in Wales UK and we are pretty certain of Joc's ID
Oh and thanks for agreeing to mine http://www.ispotnature.org/node/315165
I did mess with the post, you're right. It is certainly Aplysia punctata.
I just today noted that the Likely ID remains A. maculata even though cmcunha has agreed it is not. Can anything be done?
Yes Carlo - welcome back (and please come far more often!).
You should add an agreement - it's one way we can get our own Icons and JoC is particularly deserving.
I'd say, because this posts is already 'history', the only way is for Carlo to agree to yours Jo. One would hope that he will see these comments and do just that. Track suggests that this is not likely - an expert, with only one visit to iSpot is probably not coming back. A shame - we need experts Carlo, please return!
Of course, it would help if seatrustwales also agreed (if they agree) but 'they' too have a poor track record.
Now, (regarding the '"purple mass") - if anyone comes here they might do well to read some of the comment in http://www.ispotnature.org/node/651064 where, you'd think, wouldn't you, that more than two 'UK Citizen Scientists' could read what it says on the tin!
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How can someone be an expert on iSpot with just 6 invertebrate ids? I checked Carlo's profile (as cmcunha) and he has an icon in invertebrates.
And Is life too short to worry about it?
Yes, life is far too short, which is why I might migrate to https://www.facebook.com/groups/246476895426342/ which you may not be able to access unless you Facebook but, take it from me, there are real and active experts lurking there - I've just had a wise response from Vivian Husa q.v. (Google?)
Carlo (cmcunha) is accepted as an Expert by arrangement with Admin - they award Expert and Knowledgeable Icons, I guess on production of a CV. He is a well-published Malacologist and Invertebrate Zoologist.
There are plenty of 'registered' experts in iSpot who do not visit the site very often and sometimes get things wrong!
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