Hancockia sp. (undescribed)
I am not aware of a single described species of Hancockia in the Indo-Pacific. With this new specimen we are up to four undescribed species in - Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
A member of the Dendronotina, Hancockia are characterized by pulpit-like rhinophores, with a lobate sheath and a tapering club with a rounded end. Jim's critter here certainly matches that.
Like Hancockia californica , from the west coast of the US, the lateral appendages (pseudo-cerata) are palmate shaped. This pretty little gem is quite distinctive with its white spotted frontal appendages, white marginal line on the foot and red body specks. A tinge of purple is seen at the tip of the lateral appendages and the tips of the rhinophoral sheath.
Great find Jim - and you are correct - it will be in our next edition. Thanks
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.
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