Siphopteron tigrinum

Image courtesy of David Cowdery
North Sangeang Island at a location (named by Graham Abbott) known as Tekno Reef.

Siphopteron tigrinum Gosliner, 1989

Named by Brancher buddy Terry Gosliner, this tiny colorful gastropterid is a real find. A distinctive species it is, having orange and bluish purple markings on the mantle and black pigment on the siphon and flagellum. Members of this group have an internal shell, lack a gizzard but do have a radula. Most are great swimmers, flapping their mantle folds like a butterfly. We know nothing of its biology or diet. David's specimen here, taken in Komodo, Indonesia, adds to our geographic coverage of this species, which previously was Madagascar to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, the Philippines and Japan.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Feb., 2014
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David Cowdery

Dave Cowdery is a retired biomedical engineer and Divemaster at Byron Bay Australia. He has over 5000 logged dives. He is a keen participant in trips organised by Graham Abbott at Diving4Images and has dived the tropics extensively from Cocos Keeling Islands east to Niue. 3 Camera equipment used Nikon D300 in Ikelite Housing with twin 125 substrobes and a 60mm Nikon macro lens.

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WEBMASTER'S NOTES : I second Dave's comments on Graham Abbott's Diving4imges dive operation. If you ever get a chance to dive with Graham, do it!!!!

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

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