Glossodoris sp. 1

Images courtesy of Jim Black and Ruben Sarkissian
(Left) Alor on the Banda Sea(juvenile), (Right)Maurere Harbor, Banda, Indonesia
Glossodoris sp. 1 undescribed

Well it's shown up again, and this time with an aberrant third rhinophore courtesy of Ruben Sarkissian. We've seen this species in the now "out of print" Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs, on page 234, and as a Branch of the Week back in 2003. Spectacular little beast, it gets confused with Glossodoris atromarginata. The difference is this species black marginal line is thin and flanked on each side by a white line. It also has white blotches over the dorsum, absent in G. atromarginata.

We have learned that this species feeds on the sponge species, Candidaspongia flabellata and Phyllospongia lamellosa.

The geographic range of the species remains from Indonesia to the Philippine Archipeligo

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Apr., 2012

Dr. Ruben Sarkissian on location somewhere
in the Banda Sea

Ruben is a retired Dentist and Faculty. Diving since 1980 with over 5000 dives. Shoots Nikon D200 in SeaCam Housing with Sea and Sea Strobes.

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Jim Black on location in in the Banda Sea

Jim is retired from US Airways after 27 years as a pilot..., flying Captain on an Airbus 330 Internationally.

Diving since 1970...with over 6000 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!

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