Mystery Nudis from Coral Street, Monterey

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Re: Mystery Nudis from Coral Street, Monterey

Postby dwashbur » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:08 pm

Dusty2 wrote:I checked out the album, Really awesome stuff! You have come a long way Grasshopper.


Thank you, sensei =D> Actually, the albums for the past month or so are a three-fer: Daughter Chenari on the Canon A630, wife Kathy on a Casio Exilim Z1050, and me still using the old Pentax Optio S5i and loving it \:D/ We've all come a long way.
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Re: Mystery Nudis from Coral Street, Monterey

Postby Dusty2 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:26 pm

I checked out the album, Really awesome stuff! You have come a long way Grasshopper.

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Re: Mystery Nudis from Coral Street, Monterey

Postby dwashbur » Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:30 pm

We've been to Monastery south but not north yet. As you doubtless know, conditions have to be just right to go there, and we haven't matched up with the right times yet.
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Re: Mystery Nudis from Coral Street, Monterey

Postby whatevah » Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:15 pm

dwashbur wrote:If you get down here, go to Coral Street at high tide and have a blast. It's not deep, we didn't even break 30 feet, but we found more critters than we could count, including three new-to-us nudibranchs. I have some tentative ID's, but I'm looking for confirmation if possible. The Sea Slug Forum isn't accepting any new material right now, so here I is. It's been suggested that this first one is a baby Triopha maculata, and looking at the picture of a little one in Behrens/Hermosillo p. 66, I'm leaning that way. This guy was less than 1/3 the size of my little fingernail; we couldn't even see that he had the frontal veil until we were examining the pictures.
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I have pictures of a teeny little nudibranch just like yours from my trip to Monterey earlier in the year. The concensus among all the REEF folks and Dr Steve from the Aquarium was that it was a baby Triopha maculata - so I think you're right on.

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Mystery Nudis from Coral Street, Monterey

Postby dwashbur » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:06 pm

If you get down here, go to Coral Street at high tide and have a blast. It's not deep, we didn't even break 30 feet, but we found more critters than we could count, including three new-to-us nudibranchs. I have some tentative ID's, but I'm looking for confirmation if possible. The Sea Slug Forum isn't accepting any new material right now, so here I is. It's been suggested that this first one is a baby Triopha maculata, and looking at the picture of a little one in Behrens/Hermosillo p. 66, I'm leaning that way. This guy was less than 1/3 the size of my little fingernail; we couldn't even see that he had the frontal veil until we were examining the pictures.
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Someone suggested that these next two are both Aldisa sanguinea. I can buy that for the first one, because there's a pic of one pretty much just like it on the Sea Slug Forum under that species. I'm not so sure about the second one, because the spots match, but the color is yellow rather than red and I haven't found any info about such a color variation. Hence, my cry for help:

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On a side note, this second guy has just about the most unusual branchial plume I've ever seen, even in a book. That's really how he was carrying it, I watched him for close to a full minute and he wasn't pulling it in. Also, that is the actual color, I haven't monkeyed with it.

There are more pix of all these guys, along with lots of other critters we found at Coral Street, at
http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/bb133/dwashbur/Coral%20Street%208-8-08/?start=0
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