Nudibranch

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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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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Red Bumpy Gymnodoris eating
Gymnodoris rubropapulosa

  Beautiful but deadly!!! These stunning orange nudibranchs harbor an evil secret….they eat other nudibranchs alive!!! While most other nudis munch on algae, hydroids and other such stuff, these ones make a meal out of other nudis. They find the slime trail left by another nudi then follow it from behind, catch it’s tail in …

Red Bumpy Gymnodoris eating
Gymnodoris rubropapulosa
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Green Melibe – Eating
Melibe viridis

  These large nudibranchs are carnivorous and have a great way of feeding. They throw their ‘head’, an oval veil, in front of them, and using hairs around the edge, attempt to scoop up whatever they can find, usually small Crustacea. You can watch this Melibe moving around, searching for food. About 2/3 of the …

Green Melibe – Eating
Melibe viridis
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