Armina cf. comta

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Anilao, Batangas, Philippines
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Armina cf. comta (Bergh , 1880)

Ludvig Sophus Rudolph Bergh originally described this species and placed in the genus Pleurophyllidia. It was later properly placed in the genus Armina. Arminia is often referred to as the garbage group as it is an unnatural group united only by the presence of an oral veil, which has originated independently in several other groups. Members of Armina are characterized by having a series of secondary respiratory leaves between the mantle and the foot, on the sides of the body. The body of Armina comta is black with yellow longitudinal lines and yellow margins of the mantle and oral veil. The rhinophores are black with yellow tips. Some specimens have yellow papillae, as shown in NSSI 2nd edition, page 230, on the oral veil. This species lives throughout the Western Pacific Ocean and feeds on the sea pen, Veretillum sp.


MolluscaBase eds. (2023). MolluscaBase. Armina comta (Bergh, 1880). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species

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Marc,and Michelle Chamberlain
Marc and Michelle Chamberlain reside in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington where they have lived for the last 15 years. They enjoy cold water diving and take advantage of their location to dive Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula all in Washington as well as multiple locations in British Columbia and southeast Alaska whenever possible. They also travel abroad (pre-pandemic), often combining land and water opportunities as in a trip to New Zealand, where they did extensive bird watching and hiking in addition to diving the Poor Knight's Islands (which I am going to put on my places to visit list).

Marc has a Nikon D500 in a Subal housing with 2 YS-D2 strobes and diffusers in addition to a variety of lenses.

Marc in his time in San Diego was SDUPS Photographer of the Year so many times that I lost count! In fact, Marc came to mind many summers ago during a trip on the Catalina Express from Dana Point. Due to a loading snafu, the bag containing my camcorders was stowed down below and therefore unavailable during the hop over to Catalina. Well, you guessed it!, a Blue Whale breeched about 50 feet off the boat and hung around for about 10 minutes for everyone onboard to get a shot. That is with the exception of yours truly! During the remainder of the voyage the only thought that came to mind was "if Marc has been onboard he would have been ready." That folks is the difference between those who dream and those who actually do it!

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