Melibe sp. 1
Image courtesy of Lindsay Warren
Details: L: 60 mm, D: 21.6 m Loc: Lobang, North Kalabahi Bay, West Alor,
Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.
Image courtesy of Lindsay Warren
Details: L: 50 mm, depth: 18 m.
Loc: Wainilu, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

Melibe sp. 1 (in NSSI 2nd ed, page 254)

The genus Melibe belongs to the family Tethydidae Rafinesque, 1815. Members of this group have a well developed oral hood edged with numerous elongate papillae that are used for filter feeding and the capture of prey. Melibe are specialized predators upon crustaceans. Most species are capable of swimming by moving their body from side to side. All of the Indo-Pacific species have symbiotic zooxanthellae living within their bodies which accounts for their golden-brown color.

This undescribed species, known only from Indonesia, is relatively translucent with a golden-brown surface; cerata more or less cylindrical; numerous papillae extending from the cerata and body. It is found on shallow water sandy substrates where its cryptic appearance makes it look like a clump of algae.

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Lindsay Warren

As most of you probably already know, Lindsay spent several seasons in the Wakatobi National Park islands (Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia) with Operation Wallacea. I am sure it is there she perfected her technique of non-invasive underwater photograpy, something I will never master. Lindsay is able to photograph with a 105 mm lens while hovering about the subject without actually settling down on the seascape. Once more, she is able to do this with macro and super macro subjects! The results are amazing as the reader can see!

Lindsay developed an early interest in all forms of marine life, particularly mollusca and has been diving since 1975. From 1996-2000 Lindsay took part in survey work carried out by Operation Wallacea in Indonesia. During this time, with the help of Op Wall volunteers, she began work on building a species list of opisthobranchs to be found in the area. Her photographic interests extend beyond marine to all forms of wildlife and have been able to travel to many countries including South Africa and Madagascar known for their spectacular land-based and airborne wildlife as well as marine.

Lindsay has also been a prolific contributor to Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum through the years! Now spending extended periods of time in Bali and other parts of Indonesia, she continues to look for opisthobranchs of all kinds.

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