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I came across this little guy on a night dive last week in the Southern Red Sea. Couldn't find him in any of the books. He was only about a 2cm or so long, so could be a juvenile that will change colors into something more recognizable later, but not sure.

 

Anyone got any ideas?

 

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I came across this little guy on a night dive last week in the Southern Red Sea. Couldn't find him in any of the books. He was only about a 2cm or so long, so could be a juvenile that will change colors into something more recognizable later, but not sure.

 

Anyone got any ideas?

 

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It looks more like a flatworm - possibly unidentified.

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I can't find it in any of my reference books. It may be worth sending to Bernard Picton who is the Curator of marine invertebrates at National Museums of Northern Ireland - bernard.picton@nmni.com

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Yes, it's a flatworm. Nudibranch books will not be helpful.

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Got an email back from Bernard Picton, and he also has no idea what kind of flatworm it is.

 

Yes, it is certainly a flatworm, but I’ve no idea what species it is, I can’t find it on any website. These Polyclad flatworms often mimic nudibranchs. Many of them don’t have names yet.

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That's pretty much what I expected. My guess is that there are as many undescribed species of flatworms as there are described ones --- maybe more.

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