Cerberilla sp.

Photo courtesy of Carole Harris and Leon Betts

Cerberilla sp.

This week we have another one of Carole Harris and Leon Bett's mysteries from the United Arab Emirates. I have decided to call it a Cerberilla for the time being. I am making this call due to the flattened cerata, which laid back over the dorsum as the animal crawls through the maze of bottom debris on a sandy bottom, and the extremely long foot corners and head tentacles.

These species coloration, white with a yellow line down the center of the central cerata and a black line on the more lateral cerata, make it a species I've never seen.

Species of Cerberilla feed by foraging along the surface of soft bottoms, sometimes burrowing in for protection or just to go after deeper prey. They feed on a variety of organisms include worms.

I'd love to learn if any of you have seen this beauty, or have a scientific name for it.

Dave Behrens
Danville, Calif
May. 2001

Carole and Leon live in the United Arab Emirates and have been diving for over 13 years. One of Carole's favourite photography subject is nudibranchs, because as she says, she is almost guaranteed to get a fairly decent shot! Living in the UAE has proved to be a most diverse and unexpected smorgasboard of offerings from a wide range of unusual nudis to robust ghostpipefish, pipehorse, pygmy sea moths, hammerheads, and recently a pygmy sperm whale.

Carole is currently working on a UAE dive guide book which is expected to be published in December... Includes details of the most dived locations, colour photographs and dive-site maps.

She is also a very active member in the Emirates Environmental Group, promoting underwater awareness to its members and the public alike and has struck up a friendship with a reporter who shares the same environmental eagerness and helps to highlight these matters in the local newspapers.

Send Carol and Leon email at caroleeharris@hotmail.com

Taxonomic information courtesy of Dave Behrens

David W. Behrens

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

Send Dave mail at seachalleng@earthlink.net

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