Isn't this a spectacular beast - Wow! All I can really tell you about this magnificent critter is that the honchos at Nudibranch Central at the California Academy of Sciences (who also collected it in Anilao) are currently doing their magic to name it. Oh pretty please - Hypselodoris behrensi. In my dreams - right? I am not aware of any published images of the species. Why is that? It is so spectacular and characteristic. White body with BOLD purple mid-dorsal line, lateral dashes and spots, a thick yellow band on the ruffled margin, and deep red gill and rhinophores. From the looks of the hydroids in the photo, this specimen seems fairly large. Hard to imagine that such a large and spectacular animal has gone undiscovered until now. Good show guys.
WEBMASTER'S NOTES : As luck would have it, John Greenamyer of Running Springs, Calif was able to get HD video of this seldom seen slug during a trip to the Anilao area back in 2010. Sit back and enjoy Hypselodoris sp.
Mike Bartick PADI Wyland Event with California Diver Magazine
Mike Bartick is a Southern California local and an active diver
He discovered his first Nudibranch in the frigid California waters just off the SoCal coastline of Laguna Beach. Since then his admiration has bloomed into a full blown obsession that has lead him across the globe. His favorite diving is split between California, and The Philippines, more specifically Anilao.
He is a travel expert and guide to SE Asia and has assisted many groups and individuals to find and photograph the critters of their dreams. But his involvement doesn't end there, he is also the General manager for Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao Philippines and Banca Diving , the critter hub of SE Asia.
And while he admits that it feels good seeing your own work in print, its still about finding the critters, making friends and enjoying the dives.
Mike's work is published regularly in a variety of magazines, websites and he enjoys a staff position at California Diver Magazine
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