Armina sp. (undescribed)
Well this beauty was sent to us by Francis and Pirjo Pellet but arrived too late to make it into Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: . This beauty was found in Sangeang Island in front of the Bontoh Village, Indonesia. The size is 40 mm and it was at the depth of 15 m.
The only arminid it even comes close to is Armina varicosa (Bergh, 1904), but the colors are switched, A. varicosa having rows of yellow tubercles on an orange background. Pirjo's critter obviously has orange tubercles on a much lighter orange background.
This specimen was found borrowing in the black sand bottom, likely foraging for sea pens. When found, only the tail was exposed. No wonder we have never seen this one before. Nice catch Francis and Pirjo.
Sammamish, WA 98074
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Francis and Pirjo Pellet live in Les Vans in the Rhone Valley, France. I met Francis and Pirjo at the July, 2005 Opisthobranch Course held at Cerbere, France hosted by Robert Oms
I can't say enough about the Pellets and their slug hunting and photography skills although they probably don't need an introduction to readers of this site!. A good many of their finds are in the 5mm and below category which in my estimation is the ultimate challenge in sea slug hunting! Of course photographing something this small is by no means a "slam dunk" as in basketball parlance! There are focus and depth of field considerations which can drive the underwater photographer to exasperation. The Pellets , it goes without saying, excel in super macro photography of sea slugs!
The aminid above of course doesn't not fall into this category but remember only the tail was showing when this guy was found which demonstrates the awareness that the Pellets display when on the hunt for sea slugs!
They have through the years contributed countless stunning images to the site for which I am extremely appreciative.
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