For heaven's sake, Jan, don't feel the least bit bad!
This is an ID mistake we would all be inclined to make . . . having the clear photos, and the correction, might make us stop and say, "Wow, if Jan could be unsure about this one, I'd better be pretty careful about making positive ID."
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Thanks Dusty. Serves me right hurrying on this last night. If I payed more attention I would know, that in Dave's Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs the Red Flabellina is Long-mouthed Aeolid. And the slugs do have long snouts ....
One of my favorite nudi's! And unless I have also been mistaken in my previous ID I have to concur - Flabellina triophina.
More Pics Than You Have Time To Look AT "Anyone who thinks this place is over moderated is bat-crazy anarchist." -Ben, Airsix "Warning: No dive masters are going to be there, Just a bunch of old fat guys taking pictures of fish." -Bassman
This is by far my most favorite thread so I'm sorry to have to disagree with the master
Because these are such great photos it makes the ID allot easier. I'm going with Flabellina trophina on these guys Jan. The head shape is very distinctive with it's pronounced snout as are the oral tentacles and rinophores which are much longer and more pointed also the rinophores are smooth rather than verrucose as they would be with verrucosa (hence the name). A very common mistake with these two critters as they are quite similar and Verrucosa does tend to be allot more common in our waters.
One of my phenomenal memories of the late great Edmonds Oil Dock was seeing a ratfish feeding frenzy one day under the metal part. There was a huge cluster of big feather duster tubeworms, and those ratfish were going to town on them like there was no tomorrow. It was just about the most amazing thing I have seen underwater to date. Great photo essay as usual, Jan!
Not so easy to add new critter to the list, but I did manage on last night's dive at Langley. One month ago, the sandy plain was host to lots of Blackbelly eelpouts. Last night, I did not see a single one, but the Blacktip poachers were all over the place. And so I can add that poacher to my list now. Diving just doesn't get old
Thanks Dusty, like everything else, the hardest is to find the first on. Once your eyes and brain recognizes that the "little piece of seaweed with horns" is actually a slug, then it is so much easier to find them.
Diving in protected, but murky waters of Lagoon Point, trying to avoid the tempest all around us, I found numerous Hedgpeth's Sapsuckers, they seem to be winter visitors to Whidbey ... Or I just didn't look close enough in the other seasons ...