Nudibranch ID

Fish & Invertebrate sightings and descriptions, hosted by resident NWDC ID expert Janna Nichols (nwscubamom).
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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby cephalogoddess » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:08 pm

Thought I'd post photos of the other Hermaea olivae nudibranchs I saw on the very same day! Sorry; not best photo quality but those little suckers (lol, they are sap suckers) are so small. Isn't it crazy what a different color the others are? I must've seen about twenty of these greenish brown ones.

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby Jan K » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:26 pm

Very nice find, nevertheless.

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby cephalogoddess » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:16 pm

Well folks, it turns out it's a hermaea olivae; an odd color. Especially because I actually saw several of that same species but they were all a greenish brown. I know color varies based on what type of algae they are eating; I just find it odd that one nudibranch at the same location and time is a completely different color than the others of its own species.

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby ScubaJess » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:41 am

It's super cute, whatever it is! :)
Nice find!
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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby Gdog » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:36 pm

I did some searching, with zero results. If you find out, please post that, I'd love to know!

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby cephalogoddess » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:25 pm

Any other ideas of places/people I could send this photograph to? I'd really like to know what it is... because if no one knows, perhaps it's a new species or hybrid or something. One can hope ;)

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby cephalogoddess » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:24 pm

Thanks guys. I sent the photo to Nudi Pixel for identification. Maybe I can find someone from around here on the sea slug forum and send to them as well!

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby deep diver » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:21 pm

nice find
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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby Tidepool Geek » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:37 am

Hi Taryn,

You might try the Sea Slug Forum - http://www.seaslugforum.net/
They have information on and images of just about any nudibranch imaginable. Searching for a photo match can be daunting because there are so many species covered but, if all else fails, you can send your photos to them for an I.D. Be aware though: this is a busy site run by one guy - a reply can take a while.

Sluggishly yours,
Alex

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby cephalogoddess » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:22 pm

Well, I've continued to research possible nudis and consulted Behren's Pacific Coast nudibranch book. Still no luck. It looks similar to Anetarca armata, but not exactly the same and that species only lives in California. I emailed Nudi Pixel; do you guys know of anywhere else I can send this photos for expert identification? Perhaps this is an unnamed species or some sort of mutated species

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Re: Nudibranch ID

Postby theonly_JT » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:45 pm

Oh wow those are beautiful little critters! I've never seen them before. Will be waiting for someone to post with an ID! :popcorn:
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Nudibranch ID

Postby cephalogoddess » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:40 pm

I saw this very odd nudibranch today at Alki Cove 2. I have been doing lots of research and can't figure out what species it is. Beautiful, huh? It was about 4 mm, very tiny. I was at about 15 feet when I saw it. I'm away from my David Behrens pacific coast nudibranch book this weekend, but maybe I can find it in there.

(also, first time posting photos here so hopefully you can see them!)

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Taryn
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