Doto sp.

Image courtesy of Alfred Jakoblich
River area, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Doto sp. (undescribed)

Well, here is another new one submitted by Alfred Jakoblich that needs to added to the next edition of Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs.

At first I wasn't sure what genus it belonged to, but then saw the very typical rhinophores with cylindrical cup and smooth shaft. But what's with those cerata? Wow. How do you even describe them - irregular, tuberculate, twisted appendages? The body is red with a series of fine dark red lines across the dorsum. The rhinophoral shafts are the only part of the body not red - they are white.

This species reminds me a little bit of Doto sp. 8 in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs (page 345) except that the cerata are not long enough, nor not tuberculate enough.

I sure hope this one is in the mix of new Doto's being prepared for publication by Nudibranch Central at the California Academy of Sciences.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Feb., 2012

Alfred Jakoblich

Born in 1944, I started snorkeling at about 15 years old. Scuba diving followed in 1972. After 7 years of diving in Greece. In 1978, I made the first trip to the Maldives. After three times diving the Maldives, I made different diving trips and törns at Red Sea, Carribean Sea, Sea of Cortez, Australia (Great White Shark with Rodney Fox), Cocos Island, Galapagos. My first trip to the Bali/Tulamben area was in 1997. There my photographic interests shifted more and more to close ups and macro. Also, I have visted the Sulawesi/Lembeh area some seven times in sucession. Since about 2005, I have specialized in the documentation of nudibranches, but I try also to get a personal catalogue of all reef creatures of the Indo-Pacific. Actually I have about 500 to 600 different species of nudis and about 3000 species of all the others. You can estimate, that this is a lot of working to identify all these critters and to bring them into a digital database which I share with pictures of Martin Buschenreithner and some other friends. Since 2001 I am retired, ( I was chemist, working in a oil refinery, now I am hobby-biologist) so I have time to spend 2 months in Tulamben every year.

A few words about UW-Photo equipment. In 2005 I changed from analog to digital, now I use ( all the years) a Nikon D70 with zoom lens Micro-Nikkor 70 -180mm. Camera housing: Subal ND70. Flash: Subtronic alpha makro. My special technique to find rare (and mainly very small) nudis and other critters is: patience, patience, patience………..!!

Jakoblich Alfred
Dec. 2009

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