Image courtesy of Kevin Lee
Diaphorodoris luteocincta (M. Sars, 1870)
Writing about this cold water species gives me the shivers, burr. You know I prefer tropical stuff.
The animal is white with a submarginal bright yellow border and prominent pointed papillae on mantle. There can be blotches of red, or a red reticulate pattern in the center of the mantle. It grows to about 11mm long.
This species is quite variable in color. Many specimens lack the red coloration seen in Kevin's pics. The white variation was named separately but it seems that it has not been accepted by subsequent workers. Several authors report finding a gradation from the red to the white variations in southern England.
This species is common in the western Mediterranean but known from as far north as Norway. It is reported to feed on the ectoproct bryozoans Smittina reticulata, Cellepora pumicosa and species of Crisia.
Sammamish, WA 98074
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Kevin certainly needs no introduction to the Southern California Dive Community! On an international level you may have encountered Kevin as he certainly gets around on a life time quest to photograph the many treasures of the undersea world.
Based in Fullerton, California, Kevin Lee's adventure gene has taken him to over forty countries. After learning to scuba dive, in 2002, he embraced underwater photography as a way of sharing the ocean's wonders with non-divers. Though aesthetics is important in his photography, Kevin also strives to capture unique perspectives that are of interest to marine biologists and other scientists who study ocean creatures and their anatomy/phylogeny.
Though Kevin photographs all marine life that fits in his macro lens, opisthobranchs are his favorite subject. He has photographed and collected invertebrate specimens, with proper permitting, all around the world for scientific research. These pursuits have taken him scuba diving in all Seven Continents, including Antarctica where water temperatures were 29F (-2C).
Kevin's work can be seen in the Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, California, where his opisthobranch images are on permanent display. Other works have been exhibited at the Branford House, University of Connecticut; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Monterey Bay Aquarium; Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach; City of Los Angeles (ELC); and other venues. And of course, Kevin continues to contribute marine images for numerous magazines, newspapers, academic literature and many dive related publications.
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