Doto kya

Photographed by Tracy Clark
La Jolla Shores, Calif
Nikon D-200
Jan. 2011

Doto kya Marcus, 1961

You know, I have always hated Doto's. Several of our colleagues and grad students have attempted to clarify distinctions between species, but all eventually throw in the towel. Today's good news is that Tracy's specimen, shown above, fits Marcus's original description perfectly. The rhinophoral sheaths have distally expanding fluted margins, with white flecks. Both black and white specks are scattered over the white-yellow body. Some form irregular blotches, along the sides of the body, as seen here. The ceratal cores vary widely in color depending on the food source, ranging from white to brown. Cerata bear four to five rings of oval tubercles. You can find this species on the hydroids, Obelia, Plummularia, Abietinaria, Sarsia and Eudendrum.

The species ranges from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to San Diego, where Tracy's photo was taken. Named, with one of several Aleut Indian words for "seal" - kya, specimens may reach 10 mm in length.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Feb., 2011

Tracy Clark on location at La Jolla Shores, Calif

Tracy Clark was certified in 1986, a month after being certified he rented a underwatercamera in Hawaii and was hooked. Tracy is a Public Works Lead Worker . He dives mostly San Diego areas, plus a few trips to Hawaii. He has placed in various underwater photo contests.. He has had photos published in magazines and has contributed several articles for California Diving News. Tracy was also SDUPS Photographer of the Year in 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009 (shared) and 2010.

Picture (side)) was taken when Tracy was shooting with a Nikon D-70, Sea & Sea housing, two Sea & Sea 110 strobes. Tracy has since upgraded to a Nikon D-200.

You will find Tracy at La Jolla Shores almost every weekend and sometimes on Friday.

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

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