Doto sp.

Images courtesy of Nuswanto Lobbu
Maluku Divers
Ambon, Indonesia

Doto sp. photographed by Nuswanto Lobbu

Doto sp. (undescribed)

Identification of members of the genus, Doto has always been problematic. Here on the Pacific coast of North America divers and biologists agonize over the identification of several of these tiny variable species. The same problem exists for the many undescribed species known from the Indo-Pacific. The good news is that a manuscript recently submitted for publication should help a great deal with our understanding of the latter group.

We believe that the Doto Nus has captured here is currently an undescribed species, called Doto sp. 15 in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs. The animal is a translucent light-brown with varying amounts of white and darker brown. The cerata bear numerous acutely pointed conical tubercles. The long smooth rhinophores are contained within narrow sheaths.

This species lives on a highly pinnate thecate hydroid. When eggs are present they are wrapped along the edge of the branches of the hydroid.

Nus's photo expands the know distribution from the Philippines to North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Nov., 2014
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Nus on location at Ambon, Indonesia

Nuswanto Lobbu(Nus), originally from Manado, made the move to Ambon and Maluku Divers after spending many years managing resorts in Lembeh, and liveabord boats in Thailand. Nus began his training as a dive guide under the incredible mentoring of Larry Smith who taught him all there is to know about the underwater world. With keen eyes and intellect, Nus quickly learned early on about the critters, their habitats, and how to achieve the shots that photographers so desperately want!

Maluku dive resort offers some of the most amazing critter dive sites in the Ambon area, Maluku Divers is now known for being the place to experience Critters without Crowds in Indonesia, promising to offer a unique experience for the discerning photographer or critter enthusiast.

The team are proud of quality the experience on offer in a remote location, the standard of accommodation, the delicious food and the friendliness and experience of the resort team. Combined with a unique dive experience, this ensures any dive trip will be safe and enjoyable, not to mention highly productive for the enthusiastic photographer

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