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BrianM

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  1. Excellent shrimp shot Eric. I think the flatworm is a Cycloporus sp. and it's host ascidian is Didemnum molle. The amphipod looks like Cypoidea sp.
  2. Here's a quote from Dr. Smith-Vaniz "Your jawfish is a species of the genus Stalix. I revised the genus in 1989 when I described four new species of the then 12 total known species. Since then about six more undescribed species have been collected and I am in the process of writing another paper treating all of them. I have seen a few other photographs of the Lembeh Straits Stalix, which is probably most closely related to S. histrio (described from Japan). So far I have only seen photographs of this fish and no specimens have been collected to allow a detailed comparison. William F. Smith-Vaniz, Ph.D. Research Associate Florida Museum of Natural History University of Florida"
  3. If it were Fowleria variegate, then the dark ocellated spot would be on the gill cover and I think in this photo it's to the left of the gill cover and not on it.
  4. Species anyone? Front view Back view
  5. I found this tiny crab like critter in Manado, Indonesia, but can't find it in my reference books. Has anyone here seen it before or can you identify it? I estimate it to be about 2cm in length.
  6. Thanks Leslie, I've sent it to Terry, but haven't heard back from him, so I guess he's away. Thanks Beo, I considered Noumea labouti, but discounted it because it's only 15mm and the photos I've seen show the mantle has reticulate markings, unlike my photo.
  7. Thanks for checking all your sources Marli. Maybe then it will just turn out to be a giant Noumea with a thyroid problem. ;-)
  8. That was quick Marli. I looked at the Noumea species 4 & 6 in Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs & Sea Slugs by Gosliner et al. , but they are all much smaller around 15mm. Mine was definitely at least 5cm maybe bigger, plus the mantle undulates like a Glossodoris sp.
  9. I need some help with identifying this 5cm nudibranch, I think it's a Glossodoris species, but can't find any other pictures of it.
  10. Thanks Leslie, Art's photo looks very hairy compared to mine, but perhaps on reefs they are less hairy. Take this example of Pilumnus vespertilio on Massimo Boyer's website. His photo was taken in the same area and looks like it's had a shave.
  11. Thanks Leslie. Yes, I didn't think shaggy crab had enough hair to be a teddy bear crab, unless it suffers from alopecia. What about Pilumnus vespertilio?
  12. I took these photos of tiny crabs in Manado. If you know what species they are please let me know. The shaggy crab. The smoothie crab (Neoliomera sp.?)
  13. Thanks Leslie. We won't shoot you just yet, you're far to useful. Instead we will blame the lapse of memory on that other LH that alleges to work at NHMLA. ;-)
  14. This Periclimenes tosaensis shrimp is carrying what looks like a yellow cycle helmet on it's back. I assume it's some kind of parasite.
  15. Hi Alex and Leslie, Based on photos from "Crustacea Guide of the World" by Debelius, I think your shrimp could be H. boschmai, because the rostrum isn't transparent like H. noumeae. Here are some of my photos of the shrimps in question. http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianmayes/42...57619145239269/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianmayes/53...57625729306234/ Cheers, Brian
  16. Has anyone got an ID for this flatworm? Found in Rinca (Komodo NP.) Indonesia at dive site "Torpedo Alley" @Leslie - OK, so it's only a polyclad and not a polychaete, but it got your attention.
  17. Thanks Sev, It's location in India is getting nearer and it looks similar, except the margin is proportionally a lot thinner, but then I'm not sure if margin thickness is consistent throughout a species. It will be interesting to hear a few opinions. Cheers, Brian @Leslie, I'll forgive you if you come up with and ID.
  18. Thanks Leslie, I figured Pseudoceros sp. but just hoped someone could narrow it down to a species. If it's the same one in your link, then there's quite a distance from the two locations. Also, mine has a two colour margin, yellow and blue. The one in the link looks like it has a three colour margin with a thin black between the yellow and blue. Cheers, Brian
  19. Does anyone know the species name for this flatworm found in Perhentians, Malaysia?
  20. Daniel, if you have gone through the online identification questions and still can't identify it, then I can only suggest you email Zubi with hi res photos (if possible showing the lure)
  21. Teresa Zuberb├╝hler (aka. Zubi) contacted me about my tiny orange frogfish, which she is confident that it is a juvenile Bandfin Frogfish ( Antennatus tuberosus ). She told me "this is one of the easier species to identify, even if it is so small, because of the typical reddish-orange-yellow marbling / honeycomb structures" The tiny black frogfish looks like an undescribed species of frogfishes Antennarius sp. - more information at http://www.frogfish.ch/species-arten/Antennarius-sp.html She has an excellent website about frogfish which seems extremely useful for identifying frogfish and I especially like the interactive identification page http://www.frogfish.ch/frogfish-identification.html
  22. Your photo looks like the same crab but I am not sure about it being Quadrella granulosa, because according to the Ferrari book, Quadrella granulosa is found in male-female pairs and living exclusively in association with Antipathes black coral colonies. Whereas both of our crabs are in Dendronephthya soft corals, plus I'm sure the size was bigger than 2cm. However Quadrella species looks good for shape.
  23. Quadrella species was one of my thoughts too, but there are a lot of differences between it and the coral crabs you see in hard coral colonies. It was dragging the shrimp about the soft coral and nibbling on it. I'm not sure if it caught the shrimp or just found it dead somewhere, as it had the shrimp when I first saw it. I went back to the same area the following day with a friend so that he could get photographs of the crab, but there was no sign of the shrimp. I guess the crab had eaten what he wanted and discarded the rest.
  24. As I state in the title, it's from Bali. To be more precise "Coral Garden", Tulamben.
  25. If you know which species this little crab is please let me know. Ignore the shrimp, that's just his lunch.
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