Ceratosoma miamirana from Numoku Iki Tonga

April 6, 2006
From: Jennifer Eaton

Hello
I am trying to find out what sort of nudibranch I have stumbled upon. We were diving in a spot off the south side of Numoku Iki, Ha 'apai, Tonga when this little guy showed up.

I have as yet been unable to identify him, but, I am a new nudibranch fan.

Locality: reef off Numoku Iki, 60 -70 feet, Ha 'apai, Tonga, Pacific, August 2005, sandy patch inside reef. Length: 1.5 inches. Photographer: Jennifer Eaton.

Thanks for your time
Jennifer

jeneaton1@yahoo.com

Eaton, J., 2006 (Apr 6) Ceratosoma miamirana from Numoku Iki Tonga. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16242

Dear Jennifer,
This is Ceratosoma miamirana. You really need to see it close-up to apreciate its colour pattern, although some specimens are not as well coloured as yours. In fact the most characteristic feature of this species is the beautiful green-blue reticulate pattern on the underside of the mantle and sides of the body - which of course you can't see in most photos which are taken from above.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Apr 6). Comment on Ceratosoma miamirana from Numoku Iki Tonga by Jennifer Eaton. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16242

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