Sakuraeolis c.f. sp.3

Image courtesy of David Cowdery
Photo taken at Anilao, Batangas, Philippines
March 2018
Nikon D800 with DS160 substrobes

One of my favorite aeolid genera since we found Sakuraeolis enosimensis (Baba 1930) introduced into San Francisco in the 1980's, several new species have popped up around the globe. Today it is one of the most comment nudibranchs in the bay.

I am only guessing on the ID of Dave's photo here. This almost featureless specimen comes closest to Sakuraeolis sp. 3 in NSSI, but lacks some of the color mentioned ii the book, prompting me to admit I'm guessing. The shared drab featureless appearance of both this specimen and the photo on page 381 of NSSI and the white on the oral tentacles and rhinophores, provides the only hope for my guess.

But this is how our understanding of these critters advances - one specimen at a time, each adding to the species variation, geographic range and biology.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Jul., 2018
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David Cowdery

Dave Cowdery is a retired bio-medical Engineer and is the inventor of the Alumina/Titanium hermetic feedthrough (1970) for implantable bionics and the first to introduce a Titanium casing. This invention created the first bionic implant (pacemaker) with a service life that could be measured in years rather than months and is the basis for todays huge multi billion dollar bionic industry.

David is a Divemaster with over 5,500 dives experience and is based near Byron Bay in Australia. David is also a keen competitive road bicycle rider covering over 400 km most weeks. Photographic equipment used Nikon D800 camera with DS160 substrobes.

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