Ceratosoma miamirana from the Philippines

June 20, 2007
From: Sean Kearney


Dear Bill.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this fast moving beauty at the end of a dive in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.

Locality: Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, 10 meters, Philippines, South China Sea, 06 June 2007, sandy ledge. Length: 12-13 cm. Photographer: S. Kearney.

My first thought was that it looked just like a horned toad ... a type of desert dwelling lizard..I would like your help in id.
Thanks for your assistance.
I hope that this adds to the forum.
Sean

skearney@dc.rr.com

Kearney, S., 2007 (Jun 20) Ceratosoma miamirana from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20025

Dear Sean,

We are beginning to get quite a good set of photos showing variation in this animal, which is Ceratosoma miamirana. All we need now, or at least one thing it would be interesting to know, is what sponges it feeds on. It's funny how it reminded you of a desert lizard. I named another species Ceratosoma moloch, because it reminded me of Moloch horridus orThorny Devil,  a spiny lizard found in the deserts of central Australia

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Jun 20). Comment on Ceratosoma miamirana from the Philippines by Sean Kearney. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20025

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