special project

Sea Slug Census

6-15 April, 2018


Although the survey period is over, there is plenty of time to upload your sightings data to NatureMapr. We will prepare a full report soon, once all the results are in.

In the meantime, take a tour through the wonderful images recorded by contributors so far. 

Well done and thank you to all involved!


Recording your sightings

The best way to log your sightings is directly onto the Atlas of Life NatureMapr database. If you have any difficulty or questions, please contact us for assistance. 

The background to the sea slug census

The Sea Slug Census commenced in 2013, led by Professor Steve Smith, a marine ecologist based at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW. Professor Smith recognised the valuable contribution that Citizen Science can play in such a study, and coordinates data collected by volunteer groups up and down the east coast of Australia. The Atlas of Life is one such contributor. Our records are of particular interest due to our southern location and the special ocean conditions in this region - most notably, the variations in the extent and timing of the EAC (East Australian Current). Matt Nimbs who works with Steve Smith says there are few records in our area so we are helping to fill in the gaps ... as well as having fun exploring our coastline.

Read more about Professor Smith's research on his SCU homepage.

For a detailed description of the sea slugs of NSW, download this recent research paper by Stephen Smith and Matt Nimbs of Southern Cross University.

Full report from the Atlas of Life 2017 Sea Slug Census (report available here


Survey supported by: