Nudis & Worms

For the best dressed critters in the sea, go no further than nudibranchs and sea-slugs! In fact, there is a blog dedicated to comparing nudibranchs and the late David Bowie’s outfits: https://bowiebranchia.tumblr.com

Nudis of Indonesia

Indonesia is smack-bang in the middle of the coral triangle and has some of the richest biodiversity in the world … meaning lots and lots of nudis! I was lucky enough to discover a few beauties:

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chromodoris magnifica
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My favourite: Chromodoris or Goniobranchus kuniei (I found different IDs on the net)
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Hypselodoris purpureomaculosa
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above and below:  Chromodoris annae

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Chromodoris lochi 
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Goniobranchus reticulatus
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Phyllidiopsis pipeki
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? (tiny nudi spotted in Komodo NP)
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Halberd batangas
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The Pokemon nudi: Thecacera
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Goniobranchus leopardus
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Blue velvet head shield slug, or Chelidonura varians

The ubiquitous phyllidias: they are found EVERYWHERE across in Indonesia and seem to be the most prevalent. And there seems to be so many species that I’m not going to ID all of them.

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double trouble: Phyllida occilata

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nudibranch eggs
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Pleurobranch – like a giant nudibranch (these are about the size of a plate)
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flatworms

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East Coast of Australia

Here’s a few we’ve spotted so far on the trip (if anyone knows their ID, feel free to leave a comment):

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Tangalooma wrecks
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Tangalooma wrecks
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Lady Musgrave Island lagoon
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Hexham Island
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Great Keppel Island
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Lady Musgrave Island
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Sea-cucumber, Lady Musgrave Island
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fire worm, Fraser Island. The bristles cause intense pain apparently (luckily we didn’t find out)
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