What the hey is this? I thought we had a handle on these new phanerobranch dorids. I am guessing this is a new Tambja. The color matches nothing in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
The interesting alternating length of the longitudinal stripes on the body has to be distinctive. This followed by the yellow line abound the head, foot and yellow rhinophores and gill, set this species apart. The species has a white patch on its head and interesting pointed white marks at the end of the shorter longitudinal yellow lines. In between these marking we find dark purplish-blue pigmentation.
At first I wondered if it might be a variation of Tambja sp. 2 on page 119 of the above mentioned book, but that species has black rhinophores and gill. Interestingly, it is also from Papua New Guinea.
John's video shows just how active this species is. It is too bad we know nothing else about its biology. Locality - Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
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