Eubranchus sp. 3

Photo courtesy of Mary Jane Adams
Sinandigan, Puerto Galera, Philippines
Oct.. 2010
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Eubranchus sp. 3 undescribed

Another observation of this undescribed Eubranchus was caught by Mary Jane Adams, at one of our favorite dive spots, Puerto Galera, Philippines. This species is characteristically found with its cerata a mess, in an almost deimatic defense display Nudibranch Behavior , page 133 for a discussion of this interesting defensive display). Its whitish-cream colored body is covered with reddish brown spots. A second image taken by Mary Jane shows the seldom seen egg coils of Eubranchus sp. 3. The current distribution for the species is the Solomons, Philippines and Japan. Let's see if can add a few more.

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Dave Behrens
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Nov., 2010

Mary Jane Adams

As with the Pellets of last week's BOW, Mary Jane Adams of Arcadia, California is a long time contributor to the Slug Site. Many of her images have been truly inspirational in my personal quest to see as many sea slugs as possible in this lifetime. In particular, I am talking about the images of Kalinga ornata Mary Jane first sent in back in 1999. Mary Jane's pictures of this bizarre creature set up a wanderlust to see K. ornata that finally culminated in seeing it at the Anilao Pier during a night dive at Anilao, Batangas, Philippines in May of this year, some eleven years later!

Mary Jane is currently enjoying retirement diving around the world photographing our friends the sea slugs! When not diving Mary Jane serves on the Board of Trustees for the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach California. She has also served a volunteer in Opistobranch studies for both the California Academy of Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum. More recently she coordinated and assisted in the selection/identification phase of the Opistobranch section of Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach's new book (above)!

Mary Jane's current uw rig consists of a Nikon D300, Sea and Sea housing, dual Ike 125 strobes with manual settings The subject image for this presentation was taken with a 105 mm Nikon lens set at f36, 1/125 sec

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