Tenellia sp.12 - Undescribed
Image courtesy of Stewart Clarke

Tenellia (=Cuthona) sp. 12 - Undescribed

This species, shown on page 345 of NSSI displays a wide range of color variation, as seen here in Stewart's photos. The main giveaway is the white pigment on the head that circles the rhinophores, but does not continue down the dorsum.

The head, rhinophores and oral tentacles of Stewart's specimens are browner that I have seen, as we describe their color as red. The cerata match perfectly however being white for most of the length, followed by a thick blue ring and a yellow ring with a white apical tip.

We can now add UAE to geographic distribution, which until now was limited to Indonesia.

We will be looking for this sharp looking species at the Nudibranch Festival at Crystal Blue Dive Resort this coming March. We have several openings and would love you help us add to the range of this species.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Dec., 2017
Send Dave email at davidwbehrens@gmail.com

Stewart and friend
Stewart has been living and working in the United Arab Emirates for 9 years after escaping from the grey skies of the UK. It has only been during the last 5 years that he has been systematically searching for Nudibranchs in the surrounding waters of Eastern Arabia, and to date has recorded 300 species for the area. He believes there are still many more to discover especially in the less dived reefs of Western Abu Dhabi and hopes to bring a number of them to the BOW in the future.

He helps run a Facebook page called UAEbranchers that records and discusses local Nudibranch discoveries.

Stewart also posts a selection of his photos on instagram: @moistmacro as well as on the www.moistmacro.com website

I have also collated some of my photos in an album on my photography website

Stewart Clarke
Dec., 2017
Send Stewart email at stewartclarke@hotmail.com

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

Send Dave email at davidwbehrens@gmail.com

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