Armina sp.

Photo was taken at Melasti, Bali, Indonesia
Photo courtesy of Kevin Lee
Copyright 2010

Armina sp. (undescribed)

Check this guy out. Crawling around in daylight, and greater than inch long. How do you go undiscovered, behaving like that? I don't get it. One of several species of Armina sporting longitudinal white & black lines (see Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs, pgs 302-306), this guy is very distinctive having a series of long pointed white spikes across the oral veil. Armina papillata also has spikes on the oral veil, but its rhinophores are not red, nor are the edge of the oral veil and foot yellow. The coloration of the dorsal lines is quite different as well. Aside from this species willingness to venture out in daylight, we know nothing more about it.

Enjoy also, a short video taken by John Greenamyer of our subject in the Philippines!

When in Bali , keep your eyes open!

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Oct., 2010

Kevin Lee, Dave Behrens, and Christiane Waldrich relaxing after a hard day of slug hunting at Villa Markisa!

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