Kalinga ornata from deepwater off Hawaii

May 2, 2002
From: Dr. Christopher Kelley

Hello everyone:
I am the program biologist for the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. We conduct deepwater geological and biological research in Hawaii using submersibles and ROVs. During dives, researchers videodocument hundreds of different animals each year. I along with 2 part-timers, Dr. Deetsie Chave and Jane Culp are responsible for logging and identifying all of these animals which range from sponges to fishes. As you can imagine, we must often solicit help from real experts on the various phyla since, given the size of our group, it is impossible to thoroughly research each and every image. That's why I was very pleased when John Hoover told me about your Forum. I would be immensely grateful for any opinions regarding the ids of two photos. Cory Pittman has already suggested the first one could be Kalinga ornata and the second one Dendrodoris or Bathydoris sp. The K. ornata? (R-049-s1-06) was videotaped on a primarily sediment/pebble substrate at 182 meters in the main Hawaiian Islands. Thank you in advance for whatever help you can provide.
Dr. Christopher Kelley


Kelley, C., 2002 (May 2) Kalinga ornata from deepwater off Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6768

Dear Chris,
I agree with Cory that this is Kalinga ornata. Not much is known about this animal, and finding it at this depth is certainly a new bit of information. The only other opisthobranch I know with this depth range from shallow sunlittoral to 200m, is Umbraculum umbraculum, but more extensive sampling may prove its more common than we think. Any more photos of deepwater nudibranchs will always ne welcome.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (May 2). Comment on Kalinga ornata from deepwater off Hawaii by Dr. Christopher Kelley. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6768


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