Bornella hermanni

Found and photographed by Jim Black
Bethlehem Dive Site, Anilao, Philippines
Nikon D-300 in Subal Housing with Ikelite strobes. Macro Mate on 105mm for supermacro

Bornella hermanni Angas, 1864

Members of the genus Bornella display a wide variety of colors and gill shape, but they can also be problematic to ID. Note the four undescribed species in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs. Jim's critter shown above while appearing similar to Bornella stellifer , is definitely B. hermanni because the papillae on the rhinophoral sheaths are subdivided. If we could see the entire animal, we would note that it also has only three pairs of gill processes. This species is also known from The Indian Ocean at Christmas Island to Australia, Malaysia, Korea and Japan. One of the larger Bornella species, it reaches 50 mm in length.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
June., 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.

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