Sunday, February 27, 2011

Marionia rubra

Soft Coral and Marionia
Marionia rubra
Pg. 337 Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and sea slugs

Animal mimicry in the marine world is truly amazing and none more amazing then when it comes to Nudibranchs. The Marionia  nudibranch’s are predominantly nocturnal and selective feeders that prefer soft coral .The (Cespitularia ID.?) coral seems to be its favorite food source and model for mimicry.  Often found tucked under the soft coral rasping away, this one was discovered right up top. When trying to find a Marionia look for the tell-tale signs of its presence by examining the stalks of the soft coral. Once you spot where the nudi has been feeding continue to search the area.

Camera: D300s
Lens: Sigma 28-80
Strobe: single ys250p
Guide: Peri Pelaracio

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