Leminda millecra

Photo courtesy of Guido Zsilavecz
Cape Town, Africa

Leminda millecra Griffiths, 1985

This species epitomizes the colorful nudibranch fauna of South Africa. Its delicate waving mantle and pastel colors differentiate it from all other members of the group. It would be easy to miss-identify it as a flamboyant flatworm. The family Lemindidae is endemic to South Africa. It is one of 80 species presented in a new field guide titled Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay (See Below) by Guido Zsilavecz.

Specimens reach about 70 mm in length and seem to prefer depths of 10-14 meters. As it is an arminid nudibranch, one sighting suggests it may feed on the soft coral Alcyonium fauri .

References:

Gosliner, T.M. 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa, a guide to the Opisthobranchs of southern Africa. Sea Challengers, Monterey. 136pp.

Griffiths, R. 1985. Description of a new South African arminacean and the proposed re-instatement of the genus Atthila Bergh (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia). Annals of the South African Museum, 95: 269-280.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
March 2008



Guido Zsilavecz

Guido Zsilavecz, by day a specialist in the telecommunications industry, prefers his moonlighting as an amateur marine zoologist. He took up diving in 1989, and underwater photography shortly thereafter, and quickly developed a need to identify everything he saw below the surface. Although he has travelled extensively for diving, to both tropical and temperate destinations world-wide, he prefers his home waters of Cape Town, South Africa most. His desire to share his knowledge gained over many years led him to co-found the Southern Underwater Research Group (SURG), which assists divers to understand and appreciate Cape Town's diverse underwater life more. Under the SURG banner he has written and published two marine guides, Coastal Fishes of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay, and Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.

He has also written numerous articles for a local diving magazine, and has contributed to other marine identification guides, notably the recently published World Atlas of Marine Fishes and Nudibranchs of the World, both by Helmut Debelius and Rudie Kuiter. His knowledge of Cape Town's waters led him to discover and describe a new species of fish, as well as, through SURG's work, a number of nudibranchs, a shrimp and an anemone, most of which still need to be described.

The SURG website can be found at www.surg.co.za

Send Guido email at guido@surg.co.za


Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.
by Guido Zsilavecz, 2007.

104 pages, all color.
4 color photos per species. 80 species .
Great little guide

Available from Sea Challengers Natural History Books, Etc. www.seachallengers.com or

Contact Dave at info@seachallengers.com

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