Sakuraeolis nungunoides

Image courtesy of Karen Honeycutt
Nikon D300, two Inon Z 240 strobes, a Sola 1200 focusing light, Subal housing
Komodos, Indonesia

Sakuraeolis nungunoides Rudman, 1980

I'm going with Sakuraeolis nungunoides for the ID on this graceful and flamboyant aeolid. The body is translucent whitish with hints of yellow and orange. The cerata and rhinophores have white encrustations mid-length and are tipped in orange. This specimen is obviously a lighter or faded variation of the Sakuraeolis nungunoides shown on page 395 of Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs.

The cerata are numerous and congested on dorsal arches and the rhinophores are papillate. We can now add Indonesia to its distribution.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Jun., 2013
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Karen Honeycutt
I got my open water certification in 1998, two weeks after my 56th birthday, and later got AOW and Rescue Diver certifications. As an attorney, I could not take decent trips until I retired in 2005,but have by now gone diving pretty much everywhere in the world where a dry suit is not required. I bought a (very simple point and shoot) camera before I was certified and have ever since always gone diving with a camera. I only get to dive about 8 weeks a year, since I live in the heart of Manhattan, far from the warm water where I love to dive.

It took very little effort to find this wonderful nudi, since it was racing at breakneck speed across the sand and could hardly be missed. It then climbed a pinnacle and modeled very elegantly for me before taking a flying leap into the great beyond and swimming off. Of course, I did not let the little guy get away so easily and kept up with him until he/she turned a few summersaults and landed on the ground, which is the photo in question.

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