Tritoniopsis elegans

Images courtesy of Marc Chamberlain
Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia
Image courtesy of Marc Chamberlain

Tritoniopsis elegans (Audouin in Savigny, 1828)

Members of this genus differ from Tritonia and Marionia by their radular morphology and their highly branched secondary gills.

The body is translucent white, orange, or yellow, with opaque white markings on the smooth notum and on the highly branched, congested secondary gills.

This species is a predator of the soft corals, Lobophyton sp., Sinularia sp., Briareum sp. Scleronephthya sp., Dendronephthya sp., and Pachyclavularia sp.; on shallow water reefs, 5-20 m depth in the Indian and western Pacific oceans.

Because of its broad menu of foods, it is easily introduced into marine aquariums via live rock additions to aquaria.

Dave Behrens
New Braunfels, TX
May., 2024
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Dave and Peg in Texas motif prior to move from
Washington to Texas

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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