Armina? sp. 4.
Bunama Mission, Normanby Island, Papua New Guinea, March 19, 1998. 3 meters. 8cm crawling length. PHOTO: M.J. Adams.
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Rudman, W.B., 2000 (February 17) Armina? sp. 4. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/armisp4
May 21, 2002
From: Erwin Köhler
here is the next one from the Philippines,
Lipayo, divesite "El Dorado housereef".
Size 55mm, depth 15m, date 07 March 2002
Erwin@medslugs.deKöhler, E., 2002 (May 21) Armina from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6765
This is clearly Mary Jane's Armina sp. 4. It differs from Armina sp. 1 and Armina sp. 2, which may be variants of one another, by the lack of an orange/yellow border to the foot and in the markings on the oral veil.
February 23, 2000
From: Mary Jane Adams
Thanks for the information about measuring opisthobranchs. The Armina sp. I sent you was about 8 cm. long when crawling and about 6 cm. when not moving.
firstname.lastname@example.orgAdams, M.J., 2000 (Feb 23) Re: Armina sp. 4. from Papua New Guinea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1940
Thanks Mary Jane,
February 22, 2000
From: Mary Jane Adams
Here is a slug for your Armina page. It looks just one in Debelius' book that Rudie Kuiter photographed in Flores and Bali. I found this specimen on a day dive at Bunama Mission, Normanby Island, Papua New Guinea, March 19, 1998. It was crawling on clean sand at about 3 meters. What is the standard way to measure sea slugs? This one was a lot longer when moving than when sitting still.
Mary Jane Adams
email@example.comAdams, M.J., 2000 (Feb 22) Armina sp. from Papua New Guinea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1842
Dear Mary Jane,
I think this is a species of Armina rather than Dermatobranchus ut an idea of its size would be useful. You have struck upon the difficulties of measuring nudibranchs - fundamentally they are not solid and so are regulrly changing shape. Normally they are measured from the tip of the head to the tip of the 'tail'/foot while they are crawling along. Despite the ability of many opisthobranchs to change their shape and length quite considerably, such measurements can be very useful, as long as we realise the measurement is rather different from measuring a solid shell.
As to what species? There are a large group of arminids with this pattern of longitudinal black lines. Until they are properly studied it is not possible to identify species.