Siphopteron flavolineatum

Image courtesy of Ali Hermosillo McKowen
Milne Bay, PNG
Nov. 2018

Siphopteron flavolineatum Ong & Gosliner in Ong, Hallas & Gosliner, 2017

Members of Siphopteron have a siphon with a medial ridge. This species trivial name, flavolineantum (=yellow lines) tells the whole story. This recently described cephalaspidean is orange with a yellow line along the parapodial margin and down the center of the foot. It also has large opaque white spots on the body and a long posterior extension that is brown at the tip. The frontal margin of the headshield is brown.

This species was previously known only from the Philippines and Malaysia, where it lives on clean sandy bottoms to a depth of about 7m.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Jan., 2019
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Ali Hermosillo on location in the Philippines

Ali needs very little in the way of introduction to readers of this site. She has been featured in many of the Branch of the Week (BOW) presentations through the years. Diving with Ali can be infectious assuming you can keep up with her. If you didn't have an appreciation for our friends the sea slugs before diving with her, you will certainly reach quantum levels in that regard as Ali is all consuming in her quest to photograph and document their behavior! In the last few years she even acquired her Doctorate in Opistobrach Studies so her enthusiasm certainly knows no bounds. She has the material for putting together field guides for both the Milne Bay region of PNG and also Anilao in the Batangas area of the Philippines. Let's encourage her when time permits to make that happen!

As a side note Ali has posted ID's with her Flicker postings from both areas. The links can be seen in the left frame of this site. Very worth while to visit for those who are seeking to put names together with images.

What more can be said, Ali is the greatest!

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Michael Miller
San Diego, Calif
Jan., 2019
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From left to right, Terry Gosliner, Angel Valdes, Dave Behrens La Jolla, Calif.

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