Phyllodesmium kabiranum

Image courtesy of Jeffrey de Guzman
Anilao, Philippines
Nikon D300, Sea and Sea Housing, Nikkor 105mm VR macro, Twin Inon Z240 strobes
Phyllodesmium kabiranum (Baba, 1991

This large Phyllodesmium can be found on page 391 of Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs . It is the only Phyllodesmium with a reddish brown body and a white mid-dorsal line and white tips on the inflated, corrugated cerata. Like many members of this genus, it is cryptic on the rust orange soft coral Heteroxenia sp. One major differentiation between Phyllodesmiums and most other aeolids , is that the cerata lack sacs for storing nematocysts (stinging cells acquired from their cnidarians prey). Phyllodesmium kabiranum is commonly found on large rocky outcrops to a depth of 20 meters of water. Its current geographic range is Okinawa, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Jeff's specimen here, the Philippines.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Oct., 2009

Jeff Guzman on location

Jeffrey de Guzman is a 39-year old technical diver. He was certified as a NAUI open water diver in 1986. In May 2006, Jeffrey made his first venture into u/w photography with a Canon S80 compact camera. He has since upgraded to a DSLR. Examples of his work have appeared in major publications, such as Australasia Scuba Diver Magazine, Asian Diver Magazine, Popular Photography Magazine, the Padi Project Aware Website, Padi Newsletters, Neville Coleman's Nudibranch Encyclopedia, Indo Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs, Newsweek, the National Geographic Daily Dozen and three Canon Photo of the Month. Jeffrey was chosen as the Featured Photographer at for the month of February 2008, and as the Inon Featured Photographer for July 2008.

In 2009, Jeff won 2nd place (Super Macro Traditional) in Our World Underwater. 1st place in Macro Category Scuba Diver Australasia TTL.

Jeff hopes to house his new Nikon D3x in the near future.

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