Sagaminopteron sp.

Image courtesy of Anouk Houben
Teluk Wodong, Flores, Indoneisa
Nikon D80 with an Ikelite housing and strobes
Copyright 2011, Anouk Houben

Teluk Wodong

Sagaminopteron sp. (undescribed)

The closer you (divers) look, the greater the number of new species the scientific community becomes aware of. Anouk's discovery here is just one of those. Interestingly - this is one of two new Sagaminopterons she found at the same dive site.

How you guys find these tiny guys I am clueless. Anock has great eyes (in more way than one). Tiny, and often cryptic, members of this genus are a challenge. Is this a new species or an extreme color variation of a described species? Hummmm. Your call. I think it's new.

The off-centered bulls-eye around the flagellum gives this new critter away quickly. But notice the delicate yellow and orange lines at various places on the notum.

Anouk found this wonderful specimen while participating in my Indonesian Nudibranch Workshop aboard the liveaboard, KLM Aurora. We were diving off the picturesque little village of Teluk Wodong on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

These tiny guys are great swimmers. Not much is known about their biology, but we think they feed on sponges.

Great eyes Anouk.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Aug., 2011

Anouk Houben

Anouk Houben is a Belgian national living in Bali. She started diving in 1995 and has since dived mostly in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Philippines and Bali.
Five years ago Anouk discovered the joys of underwater photography. Nudibranchs are high on her list of macro shots.
She uses a Nikon D80 with an Ikelite housing and strobes.

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