Hypselodoris maritima (Baba, 1949)
Hypselodoris maritima is a beautiful little chromodorid with a wide geographic range throughout the Indo-Pacific. This species is similar in color to the east African Hypselodoris nigrolineata on Bill Rudman's Forum, except that H. maritima has a blue submarginal border, rather than red-purple in the African species. Also important is that the gills of H. maritima are white, edged with orange, rather than uniform orange. The species reaches about 25 mm in length, and varies in the number and density of black lines on the dorsum.
The photograph shown above is one of many opisthobranch shots included in Constantinos Petrinos' new book Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse. Award-winning photographer Constantinos Petrinos, chose the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi, Indonesia to produce this book. He spent 5 months at Kungkungan Bay Resort , made 320 dives and took 25,000 slides. This book features 280 of these amazing photographs. Contantinos is an avid nudibranch lover. Given the nickname "Con" by friends at KBR for "Creature Of the Night" is an indication of his intensity and for his insatiable desire to make long night dives, when the opishtobranch fauna of Lembeh is most active. Like the shot above, Con's photos are rarely portraits, but document behavior, such as the creation of the egg ribbon shown here. An eighteen page chapter is dedicated solely to Nudibranchs, but many more pages and photos of Sulawesi Branch species fill the book.
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Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse 2001.
Award-winning photographer Constantinos Petrinos, chose the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi, Indonesia to document this fascinating underwater wonderland. He spent 5 months in the region, did 320 dives and took 25,000 slides. This book features 280 of these amazing photographs. Underwater photographers will find a wealth of information on technique. For the naturalist, the rich text explains the spectacular behavior seen in the photographs.
David W. Behrens
Pacific Coast Nudibranchs