Nembrotha milleri Gosliner & Behrens, 1997

Well, the time has come to recognize the greatest Webmaster on the "net". While some might question the sanity of a man who spends his days and nights maintaining a site dedicated to the cousins of those pests we poison in our gardens, those of us who know him, respect and appreciate his efforts to cultivate interest in this facinating group of critters. It is for these reasons, and our many great and memorable experiences with Mike, that Terry Gosliner and I named this species milleri.

The color of Nembrotha milleri is one of the most fantastic and difficult shades of deep grey-green to photograph, you have ever seen. Another large Nembrotha, reaching nearly 100mm in length, its gills and rhinophores are black in color. The surface of the mantle is sculptured with black creases the entire length of the body.

Known todate from Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao, Philippines and from Sulawesi, Indonesia, it has yet to be been found in association with any specific prey. We ask you to keep your eyes open and help us determine its prey. It is usually observed crawling on reef surfaces in 10-29 m depth.

Its reproductive system is similar to N. chamberlaini, having remarkable penial armature (no relationship between Marc and Mike intended). In milleri the spines are much more conservative and orderly.

While this species has not set up a web site for its bottom feeding net surfers to enjoy, I'm sure it would join us in celebrating its new name by saying - "Our hats are off to you, Mike miller".

Taxonomic information courtesy of:

David W. Behrens

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
Propriator of Sea Challengers Natural History Books !

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