Nudibranchs and flatworms
a photographic atlas for the Bass Strait region
Photographic Atlas
Current Atlas Projects

Resources and contacts

Information sheets summarising these web pages (although not the photographic galleries) are now available in a format suitable for printing :

Marine flatworms
Nudibranchs and flatworms - a photographic atlas for the Bass Strait region

The above files require Adobe Acrobat® Reader; if this software is not already installed on your computer it is available as a free download from

The following files are also available for downloading:

Copyright release form either in Microsoft Word® or rich text format (supported by a wide variety of word processors) [You must be prepared to allow the project to use a copy of your images on web or paper publications; this is form enables that. It is provided as a Microsoft Word® file which you can print out and complete by hand, or edit within Microsoft Word®].

Spreadsheet for data entry. You may wish to download and use this Microsoft Excel® format spreadsheet for data entry. Information on the spreadsheet or form can be linked to a unique identification number on each photograph or file. If you are not already doing so, it would be a good idea to record this information for all your photographs. Consult the link getting organised for more thoughts on organising photograph collections.

[Museum Victoria publishes many more information sheets on natural history and other topics; to find these search Museum Victoria'shome page.]

Further reading

  • Burn, R. 1989. Opisthobranchs (Subclass Opisthobranchia). In Shepherd, SA and Thomas, IM (eds), Marine Invertebrates of Southern Australia. Part II. South Australian Government Printing Division, Adelaide, pp. 725-788. [Difficult to obtain, but the best guide to the local fauna. Try a local library.]
  • Burn, R. 2006. A checklist and bibliography of the Opisthobranchia (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Victoria and the Bass Strait area, south-eastern Australia. Museum Victoria Science Reports 10: 142.
  • Coleman, N. 1989. Nudibranchs of the South Pacific Vol.1. Neville Coleman's Sea Australia Resource Centre, 64 pp.
  • Coleman, N. 2001. 1001 Nudibranchs - Catalogue of Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, 144 pp.
  • Edgar, GJ. 2000. Australian Marine Life. revised edition. Reed, Kew, Victoria. 544 pp. [Probably the best single compendium of photographs of marine life of southern Australia. Readily available in bookshops.]
  • Newman, L. J. & Cannon, L. R. G. (2003). Marine Flatworms - The World of Polyclads. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Newman, L. J. & Cannon, L. R. G. (2005). Fabulous Flatworms - A Guide to Marine Polyclads. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. [A CD-ROM allowing interactive identification of flatworms from around the world, published in 2005 by CSIRO Publishing]
  • O'Hara, T. 1995. Marine Invertebrate Conservation at San Remo. Victorian Naturalist 112(1): 50-53. [An example of the significance of nudibranchs for marine conservation.]
  • Prudhoe, S. (1982). Polyclad flatworms (Phylum Platyhelminthes). In S. A. Shepherd & I. M. Thomas (Eds), Marine Invertebrates of Southern Australia Part 1 (pp. 220-227). Adelaide: Handbooks Committee of the South Australian Government. [A short chapter describing 16 flatworm species from southern Australia. Hard to find - try a library.]
  • Prudhoe, S. (1985). A Monograph on Polyclad Turbellaria. London and Oxford: British Museum (Natural History) and Oxford University Press. [A technical treatise, only for the dedicated researcher.]

    Internet resources

    ReefWatch Victoria

    Sea Slug Forum [questions, answers and other nudibranch resources, hosted by Dr Bill Rudman at the Australian Museum, Sydney]

    Marine Flatworms of the World

    Discovery Centre at Museum Victoria

    Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums (OZCAM) [searching and mapping selected animals from collections of Australian museums]


    Reef Watch Victoria
    c/o Museum Victoria
    GPO Box 666
    Melbourne 3001
    Phone: 03 8341 7446

    Discovery Centre
    Museum Victoria
    Carlton Gardens
    GPO Box 666
    Melbourne 3001
    Phone: 03 8341 7111
    Fax: 03 8341 7788
    [The Discovery Centre (previously known as InfoZone) is the first contact point for bringing photographs to ReefWatch Victoria. Located on the lower ground floor, Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens, between Rathdowne and Nicholson Streets, Discovery Centre is free entry, open 10 am-4.30pm Monday to Sunday.]