Hypselodoris bollandi Gosliner & Johnson, 1999
Hypselodoris bollandi is one of my very favorite chromodorid nudibranch species, not only because it is astonishingly gorgeous, but it is named after a great friend of mine, whom I have never met face to face.
How crazy is this critter? Aposomatic - Oh yeah - maybe like the guy it's named after. Dealing with Bob Bolland, you need some warning. A dedicated teacher, diver crazy-man, photographer excellente, and a contributor to our advancement of opisthobranch taxonomy - there are not enough words. Bob has collected for and contributed to the California Academy of Sciences, numerous specimens of species never seen before. Many are yet to be described, but we have been fortunate in putting his name on several - Hypselodoris bollandi, shown here, Chromodoris roboi, and Tritonia bollandi(courtesy of Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum). But, because those of us in the sea slug taxonomic community simply ran out of ways to recognize Bob Bolland, there are species that were just given the names he recommended, like - Halgerda okinawa. And, there are numerous, more coming.
About the animal - body white with dark blue markings along the margin. Bright yellow spots on the dorsum. Red gills and rhinophores. Yikes - How beautiful! A short video courtesy of the Webmaster featuring H. bollandi is the video of the week in honor of Bob! Bob is also the webmaster of The Okinawa Slug Site . So for those of you contemplating a branching adventure to Okinawa, this is the site to visit to get up to speed on what you may see!
Gorgeous shot above is courtesy of world renowned U/W photographer Jim Black! Almost Deja Vu as an earlier image of H. bollandi taken by Jim in Anilao was selected for presentation in our book, Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs on page 263 Does it get any better? - Thanks a bunch Jim!
Jim Black on location in Thailand with friend
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 D-300 in Subal Housing with Ikelite strobes. Macro Mate on 105mm for supermacro.
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.
Jim has been a solid supporter of the Slug Site since day one. His countless contributions put him near the top of the list of photographers who have greatly expanded our knowledge of sea slugs. There are a lot of kids in the formative stage of their education who are getting their first introduction to our sea slug friends via the great photographs Jim and other contributors have made to the site. My hat is off to Jim for making this presentation possible!
As an added note, Jim was one of the keynote speakers at the Pittsburgh Scubapalooza, held Saturday, 5/14 at the Pittsburgh Scuba Center, 818 Ann St., Homestead, Pa.
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WEBMASTER'S NOTES : Another great submission by Jim Black who continues to astound us with his uncanny ability to find and photograph slug images most of us probably aren't going to see in this lifetime!