September 24, 2008
From: John Yasaki
Concerning message #19950:
Ran across a couple of low flat-topped boulders in Monterey that were crawling with tiny white dorids. Small enough that they were a challenge for my camera to capture an image. Sent some off to Clinton Bauder, who verified my ID as Diaphorodoris lirulatocauda. Returned the following week to try and get better pictures. Depth was about 75 feet, temp about 50F. The largest specimens were probably about 10 mm. Attached is one of the better shots.
Locality: Mola Mountain; Monterey, 75 fsw, California, USA, Monterey Bay, Pacific Ocean, 26 July 2008, isolated Boulder in sand. Length: 10mm. Photographer: John Yasaki.
Yasaki, J. K., 2008 (Sep 24) Re: Diaphorodoris lirulatocauda from California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21843
Clinton is getting pretty good with the ID's these days. This certainly is Diaphorodoris lirulatocauda. Those long rhinophores and tall dorsal papillae give it away for sure.
Thanks for sharing,
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