Hypselodoris picta

Image courtesy of Carol and Bob Cox
Tom Maher Reef, Mexico Beach, FL in 95 ft. of water
Olympus C5050 in an Ikelite housing with one DS-125 strobe.
Copyright 2011, Carol Cox

Hypselodoris picta (Schultz, 1836)

One of the most delightful species in the Caribbean. Referred to in Floridian waters as "Florida's Regal Doris", this species reaches 130 mm in length. Its body is a deep dark blue-black, with randomly arranged yellow lines and spots. The rachis of the gill has a yellow line. Because of its wide color variation and the fact it is found in both the east and west coasts of the Atlantic, a number of subspecies have been described. Common throughout the western Atlantic, Florida to Brazil. In the Mediterranean it feeds on the encrusting sponge Dysidea fragilis . Check out Caribbean Sea Slugs and compare this species with a dozen or so look-alikes.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Oct., 2011

Bob and Carol on the job for marine conservation
Carol and Bob Cox are retired from the Air Force and live in Mexico Beach,
Florida on the northern Gulf of Mexico. They are on the board of directors
for the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA), an all-volunteer
organization that raises funds to deploy artificial reefs in the local
waters. They also use their talents as divers and underwater photographers
to do research for MBARA, surveying conditions of the artificial reefs and
cataloguing the surrounding marine life. To learn more about MBARA and see
photos of the reefs and marine life, go to www.mbara.org.

Send Carol email at ccox@mchsi.com

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

Send Dave email at davidwbehrens@gmail.com

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