Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Chinese Cowrie. This is

the dead shell.

Chinese Cowrie. Live

animal, the red mantle

comes out from the

bottom then extends all

around the top of the

shell.

Black-Spotted Egg

Cowrie

Margined Egg Cowrie on

soft coral. Tiny, 1/4 inch.

Wilsons Egg Cowrie on

soft coral. Tiny, 1/4 inch.

Ridged Egg Cowrie on

soft coral. Tiny, 1/4 inch.

T Bar Nudibranch.

T Bar Nudibranch. Note

the little hitchhiker

Emperor Shrimp living on

it.

T Bar Nudibranch with

shrimp.

Unadorned Gymnodoris. 

Also with shrimp.

Chromodoris

Gloomy Tambja, eating

stinging hydroids.

Chromodoris

Pacific Thacacera

Chromodoris

Chromodoris

Hypselodoris

Chromodoris

Chromodoris

Chromodoris, this one is

unusual, it has an extra

third rhinopore.

Glossodoris

Carminadoris

Lined Nembrotha

Hypselodoris

Solar Powered

Phyllodesmium. Truly

unusual, cultivates algae

using sunlight for

nutrients (the brown

spots).

Risbecia

Risbecia, mating and

laying eggs. The red

roseate is the egg mass.

Risbecia, mating and

laying eggs

Risbecia, mating and

laying eggs

Risbecia, mating and

laying eggs

Banded Sea Snake (had

to put it somewhere).

North Sulawesi 2013. Mostly Nudibranchs

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I have included a few miscellaneous items in here, some interesting cowrie shells

which are also in the mollusk family that includes nudibranchs.  I am sure everyone

has seen a shiny varnished cowrie shell on a table somewhere--this is what they look

like inhabited by the live animal.

The name nudibranch comes from a compound Latin description that translates as

"naked gill" and almost all of them have exposed, feathery gills. They are usually 1-3

inches long, very colorful and the color acts as a warning signal. They can eat toxic

stinging hydroids,  the toxins build up in them and act as an effective deterrent

against being eaten. There are tens of thousands of different nudibranchs in all the

waters of the world and more being found.

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