Dermatobranchus rodmani

Image courtesy of Lawrence Neal
Khao Lak, Phangnga, Thailand

Dermatobranchus rodmani Gosliner & Fahey 2011

This is another one of our newly described Dermatobranchus. Lawrence's photos adds nicely to the recorded range of this species. This smallish species is a cream color with a few longitudinal ridges on the notum. It has brown specks all over the body and a pink hue around the edge of the oral veil and notum. Some specimens have a little yellow there. The rhinophores have brown and white specks. Lawrence's critter adds western Thailand to the geographic range, which was previously only Madagascar and eastern Malaysia.

As Lawrence comments:

"...This one was taken at Khao Lak, Phangnga Province, Western Thailand on the Andaman Sea. It's fairly common at sub-10-metre depths where it crawls around on the rather silty/rocky substrate. This one is crawling across the underside of a shell. I never saw it feeding on anything so no idea as to it's particular choice of soft coral food. This slug is pretty small - in my locale, around 10 mm give or take..."

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Feb., 2014
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Lawrence at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia with
Agung Volcano in background

Lawrence is a newspaper journalist based in Bangkok, Thailand. He escapes the office as often as he can to go diving in the rich waters of the Indo-Pacific but his regular dive sites are just down the road along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coast. Lawrence uses a Nikon D200 with a 60-mm or 105-mm macro lens in a Nexus housing together with a pair of Inon Z240 strobes and several wet lenses for the really small stuff.

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

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