Ceratosoma flavicostata feeding

April 30, 2007
From: Danny Van Belle

Dear Bill,

Here I've got some pictures of a nudibranch which is named 'Ceratosoma magnificum' at several webpages.

Locality: Komodo National park - Pink Beach, 10 metres, Indonesia, Indian ocean, 09 august 2006, Reef. Photographer: Anja Flick & Stephen Childs.

However I can't find a 100% sure confirmation on the species list here.
Can you help me out.

Best regards
Danny Van Belle
Marine Wildlife Videographer


Danny Van Belle, 2007 (Apr 30) Ceratosoma flavicostata feeding. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19277

Dear Danny,
I have been avoiding these animals which we used to call 'Miamira ' for some time as they are in a bit of a mess. But your photos, which show two animals on the same sponge, spurred be into activity, because they are the first identifiable sponge records I have of these animals. So as not to repeat myself, have a look at message #19854 where I discuss why I think we should identify this species as Ceratosoma flavicostata rather than C. magnifica.

Of equal interest to me is the sponge. I am pretty sure there are signs of feeding in the middle right and lower photos. You can also see the characteristic structure of a dysideid sponge in the middle right photo, which correlates well with feeding information I have on other species of Ceratosoma.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Apr 30). Comment on Ceratosoma flavicostata feeding by Danny Van Belle. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19277

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