This shelled sea slug belongs to the Umbraculoidea, or umbrella shells. Original thought to be related to side gilled slugs (the Pleurobranchoidea in the Notaspidea), because of the placement of the gill situated on the right side of the body, they are now been shown to be distinct, because of the external shell.
Members of Tylodinidae have a limpet-like shell that covers the body completely. Most species are known from temperate, cold water, regions. This is one of the exceptions.
The body is yellow all over. The cap-shaped shell can have varying degrees of brown. This was one of the almost 600 species found in Anilao during this year's Slugfest at Crystal Blue Resort Crystal Blue Resort.
Mike Bartick is a Marine Wildlife Photographer residing in Anilao, Philippines, with an insatiable love for finding
unique marine life, observing and photographing its behavior and sharing his insight and knowledge
with others. His curiosity and drive for first-hand experience has lead him across the globe in search of
that special critter encounter. Mike is a widely published Photographer, writer and international speaker
with work appearing monthly in international magazines, websites and internet publications. He also
hosts photo clinics and seminars concentrating on the different aspects of Underwater Photography and
the natural history of South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific. |
Mikes Gear- Mike is currently shooting with a Nikon D7100 in a sea and sea housing. He uses Sea and Sea strobes and or INON Z240. Mike also uses the Retra Ultimate Snoot in many of his images to eliminate busy backgrounds and to halite his subject
Mike is regarded as an expert in his field and enjoys being in the water as much as possible and agrees that the next best thing to being there, is talking about his experiences.
Mike is the Photo-pro for Crystal Blue Resort i Anilao, Philippines. He hosts Photo and natural history workshops each month and is usually underwater.