Dermatobranchus fortunata

Image courtesy of Jim Black
Anilao, Philippines

Dermatobranchus fortunata (Bergh, 1888)

A striking looking Dermatobranchus its body is covered with black blotches, with orange on the rhinophores, oral veil and along the mantle margin. It does not have longitudinal ridges common on other species of Arminids.

Reasonably common, but small, reaching only about 12 mm. Not much is known about its biology, but it likely feeds on sea pens like the other species of the family. This species is found throughout the Indo-Pacific.

The Webmaster and I would like to acknowledge Dr. Richard Willan from down under for bringing to our attention the correct species name! That is fortunata, not fortunatus!

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
March., 2014
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Jim on location at Anilao, Philippines, May 2013

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 7000 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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