August 15, 2003
From: Angel Chiriboga
Dear Dr. Rudman,
This species was seen at Guy Fawkes, Santa Cruz (Galapagos Archipielago), July 2003 at 80ft on a sponge.
I hope you can help me with the ID.
Chiriboga, A., 2003 (Aug 15) Nudibranch? from the Galapagos Ids. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10643
I have included an enlargement alongside to show the sponge you found this animal on. I am not sure this is a nudibranch. There seems to be a cluster of orange gills on the back, but I can't see any rhinophores or recognisable 'head' at the other end so I can't be sure. One possibility is a polycerid such as Triopha. Perhaps the 'gills' are the feeding tentacles of a Sea Cucumber?
Without a better idea of its shape I can't say much more. Hopefully someone with knowledge of the eastern Pacific fauna will recognise this from its very spectacular colour
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