Aegires sp. 3

Image courtesy of Jim Black
Aljui Bay, Raja Ampat

Aegires sp. 3 also taken by Jim Black
Aegires sp. 3 (undescribed)

Isn't this a cutie? We are calling it Aegires sp. 3 even though the spots are more like specks and the rhinophores are darker than those in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs. Terry's photo in this book was taken in the Philippines, while Jim's is from Raja Ampat. It is somewhat similar to Aegires pruvotfolae, but the body is far more elongate and the tubercles much smaller and conical.

Shireen Fahey and Terry Gosliner reviewed the family Aegiretidae in 2004, and found that the group is more closely related to members of the families Goniodorididae and Onchidorididae, then other members of the Polyceridae. In this monograph they described eight new species and moved member of the genus Notodoris to Aegires, after learning that there was really no distinction.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Aug., 2013
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Jim and buddy Mike doing Jake & Elwood......The Blues Brothers !!

Jim Black 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!

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