What are these snails/slugs?

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Hi again

I've been watching these two slug/snail things in my tank, one brown one pure black.   They have slowly been getting bigger and don't seem to cause any harm.

I've just seen them "spread the love" and thought it may be about time I try to get a definitive ID...  I think they are a sea slug of some sort...

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That looks like a Scutus. If it is I am so jealous.
They eat algae and a lot of it. If you scrub film algae off the rocks leave some alone where you don't mind a dirtier look

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That looks like a Scutus. If it is I am so jealous.
They eat algae and a lot of it. If you scrub film algae off the rocks leave some alone where you don't mind a dirtier look
Thanks.   If I start seeing babies I'll let you know, if you want? 

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Thanks.   If I start seeing babies I'll let you know, if you want? 

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I dont believe they have been observed breeding in a tank environment so if you do get babies, write a damn paper!
Certain types also nibble branching SPS corals by the way
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Then maybe I don't have those in my tank because last night they were both casting a white substance out just like my Turbos do... 

You can just about make it out in this pic...



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Then maybe I don't have those in my tank because last night they were both casting a white substance out just like my Turbos do... 

You can just about make it out in this pic...



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Sorry, I mean that no one has written a scientific paper on how to sex these creatures and what the typical spawning results might be, i.e gestation period, laval stages, epitokes, juvie etc

Certainly looks like a spawning/release event

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Ah ok

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Maybe a stomatella snail
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Maybe a stomatella snail
Ah.. just looked that up and it does look like a very accurate suggestion... 

Will research them a bit more but can say that I really like the two I've got.  Why?  because I can see them crawl in all the holes in my rocks and clean where the turbos can't ,

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I agree with Fuey,
I have two stomella snails in my tank and they do look very similar to mine ,
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Never seen a black one before though
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Any developments?


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Any developments?


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No, not really.  Haven't spotted them doing their thing again, and so far I don't see any little squirms around.

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