Phyllodesmium sp.

Photo courtesy of Jim Black
Anilao, Batangas, Philippines
May, 2007
RS System with 50 mm macro and super macro adapter

Phyllodesmium sp., undescribed

This week's BOW is again the result of veteran world traveler and underwater photographer Jim Black sending in a series of images from a recent Philippines trip that prompted hitting the books to see if a name tag came up!

This week's taxon discussion is going to be short because there is none. Jim's subject has been tentatively placed in the Phyllodesmium genus without a name. Above pic was taken with a Nikon RS , a truly great underwater camera system that has withhold the test of time (until lately)! Reminds me of the night many years ago at a SDUPS meeting during which a Nikon representative gave a sales spiel for the RS. I was really impressed until the sales price was given, don't remember the number but do remember nearly fainting at the price!

Time has again shown that for those who took the plunge were greatly rewarded in terms of image quality! I have seen 36 frame rolls taken with an RS where there was not a single toss away for reasons of poor exposure or focus!

This venerable system seems to be finally passing from the scene as RS owners for reasons of repair or otherwise are going digital. I see fewer and fewer RS systems on over seas trips now days! RIP!

For those of you who would like to see our subject in video flash format, try Phyllodesmium sp. videoed at Batangas, Philippines by John Greenamyer.

Michael Miller
San Diego, Calif
July, 2007

Jim Black on location

Jim is retired from US Airways after 27 years as a pilot..., flying Captain on an Airbus 330 Internationally.

Diving since 1970...with over 5200 dives logged. Shoots Nikon F4s in housing and Nikonos RS.

Jim's photography has been featured in a number of books and publications including Helmut Debelius' Nudibranchs and Sea Snails of Gosliner, Behrens and Williams Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific. A photo of Jim petting a shark in "Sleeping Shark Caves" off Isla Mujeres Island, Mexico, taken by Amy Foster his significant other, recently appeared in Dave Behrens' Diving Guide to Cozumel, Cancun & The Riviera Maja.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
March 2005

Ali Hermosillo and Dave Behrens

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
Proprietor of Sea Challengers Natural History Books

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