Monday, May 22, 2006

A Nudibranch???.....


Sighted this during my second dive at Pulau Hantu on 14th May at around 3m depth. It was about 1.5cm. To me, it looks like the nudibranch, phyllodesmium briareum, from the Sea Slug Forum.

Anyone thinks otherwise?

** Update (27th May 06) : Reply from Bill Rudman of the Sea Slug Forum

3 Comments:

Blogger dragondiver said...

Hi Chay Hoon, can't really tell from the picture... but it does look more like Phyllodesmium serratum due to the wavy curved ends of its cerata. Another point to add, i think phyllodesium serratum has got denser cerata and definitely spot more colour variation from translucent whitish bage pink to cyan. On the other hand, most Phyllodesmium briareum are bluish in colour with faint mosiac spots along the lengths of its cerata. Then again i can be wrong...

Anyway i was so jealous that you spotted a seahorse and a coral shrimp that day... I really have to go back critter hunting in Hantu soon.... chao nice blog u have...

Wyatt

May 23, 2006 3:43 AM  
Blogger CH said...

Hi Wyatt,

ya still bad at getting macro stuffs in focus. This is the best I could take on this creature. Anyway have sent to Bill of Sea Slug Forum the pic and hope he could ID it from this bad pic.

Hee...I only saw the Seahorse, the Coral Shrimp was spotted by Marco, our dive guide. Glad that you have enjoyed your first local dive. And yup! Have to agree that Hantu is a good place to find these critters. Hope to see you again.

May 23, 2006 2:18 PM  
Blogger Papa Jeff said...

Definitely a nudibranch ... but don't have my "nudie" books with me at the moment. I didn't know we had this in Singapore ... good find!

Cheers, Jeff

May 28, 2006 7:49 PM  

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