A strange place to lay eggs

January 25, 2002
From: Mary Jane Adams

Hi Bill,
When I was in the Solomon Islands last November a fellow diver told me about a pearlfish he had just seen sticking out of a sea cucumber. I was interested in photographing the pearlfish, so I went seaching in the area he described. I never found the cucumber hosting the pearlfish, but I did find one carrying nudibranch eggs. The egg ribbon was neatly coiled in the middle of the cucumber's back.

Interestingly, it was just a few meters away from another bizarre nudibranch find, the two Gymnodoris nigricolor on the shrimp goby.
Depth: about 15 meters,
Divesite: Wickum Island, New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands
Best regards,
Mary Jane


Adams, MJ. , 2002 (Jan 25) A strange place to lay eggs. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6077

Thanks Mary Jane,
Certainly strange place to lay eggs, but I guess as long as the holothurian didn't start burrowing, they would be safe for a while.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

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