January 25, 2005
From: Ian Skipworth
This one's Janolus ignis I think, although it looks a little different from the pics on your fact sheet.
Locality: Poor Knights Islands, NE New Zealand.
Depth: 8m. Length: 45 mm.12 January 2005, Rocky reef
Photographer: Ian Skipworth
Skipworth, I., 2005 (Jan 25) Janolus ignis from New Zealand. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12960
This is definitely Janolus ignis. The name ignis refers to its fiery appearance, and in your photo it certainly looks like a ball of flame. I have included a close-up to show the characteristic colour markings on the head, including the bluish Y shape around the rhinophores. I hae also included a close-up to show the arborescent bryozoans in which it is living. It feeds on the reddish Orthoscuticella aff. margaritacea. I am not sure if there are two species of bryozoan in your photo. Some branches are reddish and others are bluish. It may be two species are colour variation in one.
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