Nembrotha cf. kubaryana

Images courtesy of Kelvin Pang
Lembeh Straits, Indonesia
Image courtesy of Kelvin Pang

Nembrotha cf. kubaryana (juvenile)

Every time we come across this cutie, we end up scratching our grey heads. Each time our best guess is a juvenile of the highly variable species, Nembrotha kubaryana. The only characteristic we can really rely on are the orange rhinophores.

This specimen from Lembeh, Indonesia, also has the longitudinal lines with orange pigment seen commonly in one of the adult variations.

It feeds on colonial and solitary tunicates such as Clavellina moluccensis and Sigillina signifera throughout the Indo-Pacific, at depths between 15-40 meters.

Dave Behrens
New Braunfels, TX
Sept., 2023
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Dave and Peg in Texas motif prior to move from
Washington to Texas

Image courtesy of Kelvin Pang

I migrated from Analog to Digital SLR in 2016 starting with the Nikon D810 on a Nexus housing. Three years later i upgraded to Nikon D850 with a Nexus housing. Macro & super macro has been my main interest ever since and this has brought me to my favourite destination in North Sulawesi, Bitung - Lembeh Straits.

The Lembeh dive guides with their local knowledge on the critters habitat has given me great macro photography experience. I have been returning for more & more, every dive is different and we always discover new subjects.

Camera Equipment:

Nikon D850 + 105mm micro +AOI UCL-09 Pro (+12.5 diopter)

Strobes: 2x Inon Z240

Housing: Nexus (Made in Japan)

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From left to right, Terry Gosliner, Angel Valdes, Dave Behrens La Jolla, Calif.

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