Nembrotha mullineri Gosliner and Behrens 1997
Nembrotha mullineri is a "hot off the press", newly described species (Gosliner & Behrens, 1997, Cal Acad. Proc. Vol. 49. No. 9). It is named in recognition of an old, dear friend and enthusiastic brancher, Dave Mulliner from San Diego, who also collected some of the first specimens of this large Philippine species.
This species is distinctive as it is the only member of the genus with a cream colored body with brown spots and blotches, and because of its very large branchial plume, which in some specimens has been observed to be half a body length in diameter. The degree of brown coloration is quite varible from specimen to specimen, varying from a simple series of spots and lines to dense patches of brown. The rhinophores and gills are dark brown. There are scattered, low, pointed tubercles situated between creases in the brown areas, on the body surface. This species may reach 100 mm in length.
Known for some years, it has been observed in 24-70 feet of water, but only from Batangas Province, Luzon, Philippines. Little is known about its associations with any specific prey, however one specimen was observed on an unidentified arborescent bryozoan.
Taxonomic information courtesy of:
David W. Behrens
Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
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