Flabellina affinis, (Gmelin, 1791)
Its not often that the site receives contributions from across the "pond," but for Carol its like old home week. Carol was one of the original presenters on the site with BOW #121 (Roboastra sp.). The unknown Roboastra has since found to be Roboastra gratiosa (Bergh, 1890). One of these days I will get around to doing some site maintenance and update many of the unknowns that now have names (but don't hold your breath!).
Carol has been sending some great nudibranch images from the waters around Turkey and I would like to share some of them in the weeks to come. The first is what we believe to be Flabellina affinis based on information given on Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum . Carol has a great eye for branchs and loves to share so enjoy!
Carol and Bob Cox
Carol and Bob Cox call Florida home but currently live in southeastern Turkey . Carol is working for two years and Bob is retired. In their spare time, they both enjoy diving the Mediterranean and seeing the natural and historical sights in Turkey . Carol and Bob use Olympus C5050 cameras in Ikelite housings. Carol concentrates on macro photography while Bob covers wide angle.
Carol became interested in nudibranch photography when she acquired her first macro lens for a Sea & Sea Motormarine camera years ago. While searching the web for clues to the identities of her nudibranch pictures, she found "The Slug Site". She realized there was very little documentation on Gulf of Mexico nudibranchs and contacted Mike Miller with her pictures. Bob caught the underwater photo bug during a trip to Hawaii , and now they both have switched to digital photography.
Carol and Bob see numerous Flabellina affinis slugs in Turkey , but this specimen was photographed while on vacation in North Cyprus . The reef was west of Kyrenia, also known as Girne. The slug was the largest specimen she had seen at around 2 inches in length. It was on a solid rock formation in 45 feet of water.
Carol plans to join Bob in retirement in 2 years. After that, they will settle down in their home near Panama City , Florida and continue their diving travels.
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