October 19, 2005
From: Binyamin Koretz
Thanks to you and Drs Carlson and Hoff for the ID of the little Haminoeid as Diniatys dubia. During the course of the summer we started seeing them pair up so I suspected they were mature specimens. But now they're so plentiful it's possible to see mating chains like the spectacular one in the attached photo.
Locality: Eilat, Satil Area, Israel. Red Sea (Gulf of Eilat). Depth: 21 m. Length: 5 to 7 mm 15 October 2005. grassy expanse (with occasional small corals) at foot of slope. Photographer: Shulamit Koretz
In recent weeks this one dive site has been simply 'bubbling' with haminoeids - Atys semistriata, Haminoea cyanomarginata, Liloa curta, and of course Diniatys dubia, and frequently in twos and threes. And I would mention that this same site was ground zero for sea hare activity in the spring and summer (March-July) - big fat Dolabella auricularia, Aplysia parvula, Petalifera ramosa, Notarchus indicus, and even Stylocheilus striatus. Not to mention a large number of dorid nudibranch species, and all this in no more than a couple of thousand square meters of sea grass and small coral heads.
firstname.lastname@example.orgKoretz, B., 2005 (Oct 19) Re: Diniatys dubia from the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15041
It sounds a most exciting place