Goniodoridella savignyi.

Found and photographed by Jim Black
Raja Ampat
Nikon D-300 in Subal Housing with Ikelite strobes. Macro Mate on 105mm for supermacro
Estimated size 5 mm

Goniodoridella savignyi Pruvot-Fol, 1933

This little guy enjoys a fairly wide distribution from Russia to the IndoPacific but I can't recall ever seeing it! Probably because of its size and poor recognition on my part. After browsing the internet and looking at pics in the ID books available, Jim's image is the best by far! Extreme macro digital photography is really coming into its own! For a long time I thought 5mm was about the best we could do underwater but that barrier was passed some time ago with the advent of digital photography.

Great pic Jim!, what more can be said other than hoping to see the G. savignyi myself some day!

Michael Miller
San Diego, Calif
May., 2009

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.

Send Jim email at jim.black14@verizon.net

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