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Miamira moloch

Miamira moloch

Author: (Rudman, 1988) Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Chromodorididae Maximum Size: 180 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast ______________________________________________________ Miamira moloch, (Rudman, 1988) The molecular sequencing of the Chromodorididae family in 2012 removed some species from Ceratosoma and placed them in Miamira. Four of the described Ceratosoma species sequenced clustered separately from the other Ceratosoma species and were placed

Tylodina corticalis

Tylodina corticalis

Author: (Tate, 1889) Order: Umbraculida  Family: Tylodinidae Maximum Size: 50 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast ___________________________________________________ Tylodina corticalis  (Tate, 1889) The evolutionary paths of the sea slugs have seen a gradual loss of the molluscan shell to the point where in the adult of all species of the higher order, Nudibranchia, it is completely absent. The

Kaloplocamus acutus

Kaloplocamus acutus

Author: Baba, 1949 Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Polyceridae Maximum Size: 28 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast ______________________________________________ Kaloplocamus acutus Baba, 1949 An uncommon and unpredictably encountered species of Polyceridae nudibranch, Kaloplocamus acutus is usually found under rocks or coral slabs sub-tidally. The bright red/orange, sometimes yellow, body has white specks scattered over the entire dorsum. Sometimes these white

Trapania reticulata

Trapania reticulata

Author: Rudman, 1987 Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Goniodorididae Maximum Size: 10 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast _______________________________________________ Trapania reticulata Rudman, 1987 Species of Trapania are phanerobranch dorid nudibranchs, being unable to retract their gills into a pocket below the surface of the mantle. Neither do the rhinophores have pockets for retraction. Trapania are usually small species with a consistently uniform body plan

Ceratosoma sp. 02

Ceratosoma sp. 02

Author: Undescribed Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Chromodorididae Maximum Size: 10 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast ___________________________________________ Ceratosoma sp. 02  Undescribed An undescribed species of Ceratosoma showing similar attributes to our Ceratosoma sp. 01 but also certain differences. Ceratosoma sp. 2 (Gosliner et al, 2008) = Ceratosoma sp. 1 (Gosliner et al, 2018) This species has been sequenced

Chromodoris magnifica

Chromodoris magnifica

Author: (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832) Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Chromodorididae Maximum Size: 90 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast _______________________________________________ Chromodoris magnifica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832) The Chromodoris genus, up until 2012, was the most speciose genus within the the most speciose family (Chromodorididae) across all of the sea slugs. The Chromodorididae review (Johnson and Gosliner, 2012) effectively

Halgerda aurantiomaculata

Halgerda aurantiomaculata

Author: (Allan, 1932) Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Discodorididae Maximum Size: 70 mm (Rare sighting of 130 mm) Sightings: Sunshine Coast ______________________________________________ Halgerda aurantiomaculata (Allan, 1932) Halgerda aurantiomaculata is assigned to the Discodorididae Family of Nudibranchia. The Halgerda genus (first described by Bergh in 1880) has members that are all quite distinctive and usually cannot be confused

Trapania aurata

Trapania aurata

Author: Rudman, 1987 Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Goniodorididae Maximum Size: 10 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast __________________________________________ Trapania aurata  Rudman, 1987 Fifteen years ago while on a shallow shore-entry dive off the Mooloolaba Beach against the Mooloolah River rock training walls on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, I photographed a small white nudibranch with orange tips to some of its appendages. At the

Hydatina physis

Hydatina physis

Author: (Linnaeus, 1758) Order: Acteonoidea  Family: Aplustridae Maximum Size: 75 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast ____________________________________________ Hydatina physis  (Linnaeus, 1758) Some sea slugs belong to a group commonly known as “Bubble Snails”. This name was coined due to the possession of a greatly inflated shell that is thin-walled and consequently light and fragile – a “Bubble

Dermatobranchus sp. 14

Dermatobranchus sp. 14

Author: Undescribed Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Arminidae Maximum Size: 10 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast __________________________________________ Dermatobranchus sp. 14 This is a small arminid nudibranch less than 10 mm in length.The body shape is elongate and triangular, flattened, and narrows at the posterior end. The foot can be seen to just extend past the mantle posteriorly. The notum has

Marionia sp. 09

Marionia sp. 09

Author: Undescribed Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Tritoniidae Maximum Size: 100 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast ___________________________________ This is a large dendronotid nudibranch at over 100 mm in length. The dorsum, gill secondary stalks and sides of the body are covered in large tubercles crowded together with the largest in the centre of the dorsum. The smaller tend

Tenellia sp. 57

Tenellia sp. 57

Author: Undescribed Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Fionidae Maximum Size: 7 mm Sightings: Sunshine Coast __________________________________ The rhinophores are long smooth and tapered. The oral tentacles are joined across the base forming what looks almost like an oral veil. The propodial corners are distinctive, but well-rounded rather than developed into tentacles. The tail is tapered but short. The cerata have