Mollusks

The King of Nudis
Melibe colemani

Another wonderfully weird critter ticked off the list, the Melibe colemani. This amazing nudibranch is often called the holy grail of the sea slug world. Incredibly cryptic and only known from a few areas, I have wanted to see this critter for many years. Finally, I have… When seen still, i.e. on a photograph, it …

The King of Nudis
Melibe colemani
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Unusual Batwing Slug
Siphopteron cf. quadrispinosum

It’s always nice to see something for the first time, as I’ve sure I’ve said many times before!. This is a short video of a yet undescribed type of Batwing Slug, Siphopteron cf. quadrispinosum. Batwing Slug are a type of Headshield Slug and have the ability to actually swim through the water, using the wing-like …

Unusual Batwing Slug
Siphopteron cf. quadrispinosum
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Tiger Egg Cowrie
Cuspivolva tigris

  My favourite cowrie is the wonderful Tiger Egg Cowrie. It’s taken me 4 years in Indonesian to finally find one. Another great find in Ambon. Like all the Cowries, the amazing patterns and colours are not actually on their shells. The colours and patterns you see come from the cowrie’s mantle shirt, which is …

Tiger Egg Cowrie
Cuspivolva tigris
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Carry Crab with Nudibranch
Ethusa sp & Glossodoris hikuerensis

  I’ve seen many strange things, weird behaviour and odd critters while in Lembeh, but this is one of the most bizarre sights I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing… Now I’ve seen Carry Crabs carrying Urchins, Jellyfish, banana skins, pieces of cardboard and crinoids….I’ve seen shrimp and even fish on nudibranchs…but what I had never …

Carry Crab with Nudibranch
Ethusa sp & Glossodoris hikuerensis
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Bullock’s Hypselodoris with Goby
Hypselodoris bullocki

  Nudibranchs, as many of you know, do not always have the easiest of names to remember, There are so many of them and they tend to be called things like Dark Margin Glossodoris (Glossodoris atromarginata) or Much Desired Flabellina (Flabellina exopata)…. One of my favourite nudis is the subject of this week’s video, It …

Bullock’s Hypselodoris with Goby
Hypselodoris bullocki
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Bumpy Dendrodoris with Emperor Shrimp
Dendrodoris tuberculosa

  This week we were diving at Jahir 2, one of our great muck sites. It the midst of the expanse of black featureless sand Jenly, our trainee dive guide, spotted a very cool and interesting nudi, a Bumpy Dendrodoris. At first glance, though a fairly large nudi at around 10cm/3”, it doesn’t look that …

Bumpy Dendrodoris with Emperor Shrimp
Dendrodoris tuberculosa
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Phyllodesmium poindimiei
Strange Insides

  This is a Phyllodesmium poindimiei . I found it around 20m deep, moving along the sand. What made is really stand out was what I saw as I started to take some extreme close up shots. As you can see, the nudi’s body seems to be filled with small white balls. What was even …

Phyllodesmium poindimiei
Strange Insides
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