Tambja sp. 4

Image courtesy of Jim Black
Ambon, Indonesia
Nikon D-300 in Subal Housing with Ikelite strobes.
Copyright 2012, Jim Black

Tambja sp. 4 Undescribed

This rather large Tambja is a real beauty. We have specimens measuring up to 60 mm in length. The body is dark almost iridescent green with yellow longitudinal lines. Each line is outlined in back.

A deep dark blue patch behind the rhinophore marks the sight of developing optical tissue - the future sight of an eye.

The oral tentacles are not well developed, distinguishing it from Roboastra tentaculata, and the rhinophores and gills have light green edges.

Like other Tambja, this undescribed species feeds on arborescent bryozoans (above). Its geographic range remains Malaysia and Indonesia.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
Jul. , 2012

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!

Send Jim email at jim.black14@verizon.net

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!

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

Send Dave email at davidwbehrens@gmail.com

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