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Nudibranch? North Ari Atoll, Maldives


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#1 magicfx

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 05:06 AM



black, as long as a finger nail,
can be seen on sandy slope of Constance Halaveli Resort lagoon.
(I dove in North Ari Atoll for almost 1 year, I have never seen this species anywhere else)
What's the scientific name of this species??

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 05:43 AM

We need better images to identify. Know anyone with a macro set up?

Looks like some type of headshield slug...
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 05:27 PM

Could be a type of flatworm. As jlyle says need a closeup

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:45 AM

Ok, I took my Nikkor 60mm Micro + Diopter with me this time......

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:32 AM

http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=47860

Aglaja felis ???

Invasive species from Caribbean Sea ???

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:15 AM

While it certainly looks the same as Aglaja felis it would take specimen examination & possibly DNA analysis to confirm if the same species occurs in both the Maldives & the Caribbean. A simpler explanation is that its another all black aglajid species.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:11 AM

While it certainly looks the same as Aglaja felis it would take specimen examination & possibly DNA analysis to confirm if the same species occurs in both the Maldives & the Caribbean. A simpler explanation is that its another all black aglajid species.


Dear Lesile
Are you working in Natural History Museum of Los Angels?
If you are interested, I can help you collect some samples and send them to LA.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:59 AM

Thanks for the offer but we don't have anyone currently on staff who works on branchs (my own speciality is polychaete worms). If you really want an id why don't you contact Dr. Terry Gosliner at the California Academy of Sciences? He's one of the top experts for the Indo Pacific, the lead author on a recent big book on IP branchs, and a really nice guy.

His book is at http://www.amazon.co.../dp/0970057431.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 09:47 AM

http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=47860

Aglaja felis ???

Invasive species from Caribbean Sea ???


Wow that does look amazingly similar! How awesome.