Cratena sp. 1

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

Cratena sp. 1 undescribed

Jim has just returned from another productive trip to the Lembeh Strait of Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. One of his many exciting finds was this undescribed Cratena (Cratena sp 1) in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs. We have been aware of this species for some time, but haven't found the "time" to describe it. Known from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, it is similar to Cratena lineata but lacks the opaque white lines on the notum. The two orange patches on the sides of the head are characteristic of both species, as are the white lines on the cerata. Good show Jim.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
May., 2009


By chance, I was able to video Cratena sp. in the Philippines last April. If you have the latest version of Quicktime installed, enjoy Cratena sp.


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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From left to right, Terry Gosliner, Angle Valdes, Dave Behrens La Jolla, Calif.

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