Trapania sp (undescribed)
Wow - would you look at this? I have never seen anything like it. Not even close to any species in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs. And, I'll bet Kevin didn't collect it. Darn.
None of the Trapania I am aware of has a bright orange body. The white extra-rhinophoral and extra-branchial appendages are also distinct. Now let's add a little - "Bam" - with dark brown head tentacles, rhinophores, gill and stripe down the tail. Sweet.
Like all Trapania , this species is an entoproct feeder. If you look closely here, you can see the lophophores of the entoprocts in Kev's great photo. Anilao continues to produce incredible new species.
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WEBMASTER'S NOTES : Kevin really needs no introduction for those in the Southern California divining and branching community! Kevin is quite active in world wide scientific endeavors so probably doesn't need an introduction in that regard also! I was fortunate to be in attendance with Kevin at the 4th International Workshop on Opisthobranchs held at UC Santa Cruz June 24 to the 27th, where Kevin gave a presentation entitled: "Slugging from pole to pole." The audience was enthralled at the visual imagery of branchs throughout the world! Kevin was careful to fill in scientific details where ever possible, so it was both an enjoyable and educational experience par excellance! I was actually shivering in my seat looking at Kevin in a dry suit in the Georgia Island segment of the presentation! One reoccuring theme with Kevin is his desire to help and assist in scientifc discovery and is always glad to share his experience in circumventing the world in search of new wonders! Our hats are off to you Kevin!
As you read this Kevin is probably in the air returning from Australia (and bad weather) as part of his Seven Continent quest of round the world slugging! Kevin is truly the reincarnation of the energizer bunny! He is also a prolific contributor to the site! What more can be said (for the moment)!
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