Sakuraeolis sp. 2 (undescribed)
A member of the family Facelinidae Bergh, 1889, the anus is situated within the cerata, behind the inter-hepatic space, which means its position is cleioproctic. The radular ribbon is made up of a series of single rachidian teeth, which have a long pointed cusp with denticles.
This species is cream in color with brown on the tips of the oral tentacles and rhinophores. The cerata, which are set on arches contain a thin yellow digestive gland and are tipped with brown and have reddish-purple and white subapical bands.
Like many faceliinids, this species bristles it's cerata in a defensive posture when disturbed. Currently it is known only from Indonesia.
Wouldn't it be great if we found this guy in Anilao at our Nudibranch Workshop next March!
Great find David!
Dave Cowdery is a retired biomedical engineer and Divemaster at Byron Bay Australia. He has over 5000 logged dives. He is a keen participant in trips organised by Graham Abbott at Diving4Images and has dived the tropics extensively from Cocos Keeling Islands east to Niue. 3 Camera equipment used: D800 with DS160 substrobes
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