Ceratosoma miamirana from Raja Ampat, Indonesia

February 16, 2007
From: Mike Krampf


Dear Bill
This was one of the most unique nudi's that I've seen and after searching many references I still have no any idea what species it is. Our divemaster who has been diving in Raja Ampat for over 3 years had never seen this one before either. Your help as always is greatly appreciated.

Locality: Dive Site - Teluk Baru off Salawati Island, 50 ft, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Banda Sea, 26 December 2006, Reef. Length: 3-4 cm. Photographer: Mike Krampf.

Cheers,
Mike

mtkrampf@yahoo.com

Krampf, Mike, 2007 (Feb 16) Ceratosoma miamirana from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19458

Dear Mike,

When I first saw your photos at about one tenth of their full size I had no idea what you had found, but when I saw them full size, the bright blue spots rang a very large bell in my brain. The animal is Ceratosoma miamirana. It is usually a greenish or green-brown colour dorsally - I have never seen this bright orange red colour before. I don't suppose you had a look at the underside of this animal? If you had it would have been white with a characteristic green reticulate pattern and a row of blue spots - as on the Fact Sheet.

I am not sure what it is doing on this coral. Like all chromodorids, it is a sponge feeder.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Feb 16). Comment on Ceratosoma miamirana from Raja Ampat, Indonesia by Mike Krampf. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19458

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