Marionia sp.

Image courtesy of Jim Black
Anilao, Philippines

Image courtesy of Peri Paleracio Anilao, Philippines

Marionia sp. (undescribed)

This week's subject comes to us by way of Peri Paleracio and Jim Black! Peri is one of the premiere dive guides in the Philippines and as most of you readers know excels in finding the unfindable for lack of a better way of putting it! This story begins with Peri and Jim diving in the Dari Laut wreck area in the Bethlehem channel. Peri knew immediately that it was special and directed Jim's attention to the small sea slug, estimated size to be less than 10mm! Once again the Webmaster went to the Oracle at California Academy of Sciences for the identification! The reply came back Marionia sp. with the note that it came in too late to be included in their forthcoming book! Maybe next time?

BTW, the book is going to be available shortly and we hope to have a BOW or two in the near term announcing details for purchasing!

In closing, and you didn't hear it from me, but the unofficial species count for the Batanagas area has gone over a 1000 since data accumulation first began back in 1992! Now that's what I call diversity!

Michael Miller
San Diego, Ca 92113
Sept., 2015
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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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