Phyllodesmium rudmani on almost bare Xenia host
After a few days the Phyllodesmium was observed to be absent from the host but was later found wandering out on the sand (pic above) no doubt in search of a new host.
Just another day at one of my favorite nudibranch destinations, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia!
Well, our Phyllodesmium sp. is no longer undescribed as revealed by a posting on Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum this morning Feb. 16th. The animal was named Phyllodesmium rudmani in honor of all Bill's work on "solar powered" nudibranchs. An honor richly deserved!
Burghardt, I. and Gosliner, T. M. (2006) Phyllodesmium rudmani (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Aeolidoidea), a new solar powered species from the Indo-West Pacific with data on its symbiosis with zooxanthellae. Zootaxa, 1308: 31-47.
Ali Hermosillo and Dave Behrens
Pacific Coast Nudibranchs and Nudibranch Behavior
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