Sohgenia palauensis

Image courtesy of Todd Aki
Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

Photo courtesy of Todd Aki

Sohgenia palauensis Hamatani, 1991

Named originally from Palau, this aeolid-like nudibranch is a sapsucker, a Sacoglossid. While specimens vary greatly in ground color, they all have encrusting white pigment behind the head and pericardium and on the bulbous cerata.

The rhinophores are long, slender and simple. Reddish brown specks cover the cerata. This species grows to about 12 mm in length.

This was one of the almost 600 species observed by the 28 participants at this springs Slugfest at the Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao. Come join us at next year's Nudibranch Festival, May 20-30, 2017. See attached for more info.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
June, 2016
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Todd Aki
I have been shooting underwater since 2006 and enjoy photographing all subjects, from the biggest whales to the smallest nudibranchs. I shot this with a Canon 7D Mark 2 in a Nauticam housing, 60mm macro lens with a Aquako IV diopter and two Inon Z240 strobes. This picture was taken in Anilao, Philippines. All the credit to finding this nudibranch goes to my eagle eye spotter, Jason Mendoza, a guide at Anilao Photo Hotel. On this one dive, Jason spotted 22 different species of nudibranchs!

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From left to right, Terry Gosliner, Angel Valdes, Dave Behrens La Jolla, Calif.

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