Presented on page 371 of Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs, this lovely little Tergipedid is an undescribed species of Tergipes. You aren't likely to find this small species unless you are turning coral rubble. One easily give-away, is that it is often found with its large saccate egg mass. The egg mass will eventually dwarf the slug as it swells with the developing larvae.
Brian's head shot shown above clearly shows its smooth rhinophores and head tentacle, and the brown digestive gland connecting each of the cerata.
We have observed this species across the western pacific - Papua New Guinea to the Philippines and southern Japan, and now Manado, Indonesia.
WEBMASTER'S NOTES:Our hats are off to Brian for making this BOW possible. I for one would probably have never recognized this guy for what it is! This BOW is a continuing example of how U/W photographers can make a difference what we know and understand about our friends, the sea slugs!
Keep up the good work Brian!
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Brian is a former finance director, who retired early to spend more time traveling and diving with his lovely wife Jill. He trained to dive in 1990 with the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) where he met and married Jill, his dive buddy and ace spotter. After a few years of dry suit diving in the cold seas around the British Isles, he decided that he had seen enough rusty scrap metal (or wrecks as they are commonly known) and started diving coral reefs. In warm tropical waters Brian soon discovered an interest in the brightly coloured marine life and wanted to find out more about the things he had seen.
In 1993, Brian acquired his first underwater camera, a Nikonos V and began snapping away at anything that didn't move too fast, like nudibranchs and flatworms. Pretty soon Brian was hooked on underwater macro photography and he (well Jill actually) has discovered a few new species and range extensions. However, since no specimens were collected the fame and the glory has so far eluded him. Though Brian's not sure he could kill a few critters just to get his name on it. When digital cameras came along, Brian upgraded to a Nikon Coolpix 990 in Ikelite housing with Ikelite Pro Video-Lite, but he found that this large setup weighing 9Kg was too awkward and heavy. Brian now prefers to use small compact cameras and currently uses a Canon G9 with a couple of Inon macro close-up lens, but no external strobe, only the internal flash and diffuser.
Brian's photos from recent dive trips can be seen here
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