Wow - check this one out! These small sacoglossids are so had to identify. Saco expert Dr. Pat Krug and I are thinking this is a new Elysia, with its parapodia deeply cleaved into two tall lobes. Amazing to see the branching of the gut throughout the body and into the rhinophores. Stewart tells us - "The critter was about 5mm in length and quite mobile on a blue sponge - I'm assuming it was eating algae off the surface." I am particularly impressed by the coloration of this species with its orange and white specks. Beautiful.
Good show Stewart!
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WEBMASTER'S NOTES Check out the water temp folks! I can't imagine looking for slugs in 95 degree fahrenheit water!
Stewart has been living and working in the United Arab Emirates for 9 years after escaping from the grey skies of the UK. It has only been during the last 5 years that he has been systematically searching for Nudibranchs in the surrounding waters of Eastern Arabia, and to date has recorded 300 species for the area. He believes there are still many more to discover especially in the less dived reefs of Western Abu Dhabi and hopes to bring a number of them to the BOW in the future.
He helps run a Facebook page called UAEbranchers that records and discusses local Nudibranch discoveries.
Stewart also posts a selection of his photos on instagram: @moistmacro as well as on the www.moistmacro.com website
I have also collated some of my photos in an album on my