Aeolidia glauca

Image courtesy of Kevin Lee

Image courtesy of Kevin Lee

Aeolidia glauca (Alder & Hancock, 1845)

It is amazing to me that where ever you find Aeolidia, all species basically look the same. This has caused problems on several coasts, take Aeolidia loui and A. papillosa on the Pacific coast of the US. They look nearly identical.

Aeolidia glauca fits right in there. Like the others, its color closely matches the sea anemone species it feeds on. Also noteworthy is its chunky appearance, rhinophore pigmentation, ceratal pigmentation, ceratal arrangement.

The species has a wide geographic range roughly Portugal, Straits of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean coast of Spain, all the way north to British Isles, Denmark and France.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Nov. 2019
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Kevin Lee, Dave Behrens, and Christiane Waldrich
relaxing after a hard day of slug hunting at Villa Markisa Saraya, Bali,Indonesia!

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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