Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Nudi's

Sunday I decided I was just going to look for nudibranchs in the Grotto, to see how many different kinds I could find. I wasn't really looking for the Halgerda guahan and malesso, but I found them anyway in spots I hadn't seen them before. But again, not in anywhere near the numbers I saw last weekend. And since I did discover several new egg ribbons, I believe that my theory holds about last weekend being some kind of designated reproduction weekend on the Halgerda calendar. It could be a total coincidence but someone up in the parking lot had "I Like the Way You Move" the Earth, Wind & Fire version playing really loud with their doors open and windows down. Maybe that inspired the nudibranch's the previous weekend, after all they do have some very fluid moves. But the point here is that I was looking for other nudibranchs, and much to my amazement, I actually found some of the tiny little critters. The amazing thing to me is that these guys are between 1/4" to 1/2" in length. They are so small they just look like little blurs to me without my reading glasses, but then when I can blow the picture up on the computer screen, these are what they look like, amazingly detailed little creatures. I still have no idea what the nudibranch in the top picture is, so if you know please leave a comment and enlighten me. I do now know that the second nudibranch, the orange one with white bumps with pink on them is a Cadlinella ornatissima, thanks to Erwin Kodiat at nudipixel.net. If you'd like to check out my nudibranchs there, you can go to my gallery. I've got to believe though that for every one that I manage to find and see, there are probably at least 50 that I've missed. That's why I'm still looking for a seeing eye diver, someone with better eyes than me who can point me in the right direction. One of the authors of the books who is using several of my pictures has suggested that we start compiling a list of all known nudibranchs in Saipan. He said it appears we may have some that are significantly different than others known in other parts of the world, and having a database of them would be very usefull for researchers. I wholeheartedly agree, and plan on seeing what I can do to get all nudibranch photographers interested to cooperate in the project. Plus it will be one more way to get Saipan on the map, and on the internet. The nudibranch in the picture above was just identified by Bill Rudman on the Sea Slug Forum as a Chromodoris cf. lochi, as he put it, "for lack of a real name". We're going to put Saipan on the map with nudibranchs, just as soon as I get my seeing eye diver!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of these beautiful little creatures that most people don't even realize exist. And if you enjoyed them, remember, vote for Harry's World!

3 comments:

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

It would be cool to get some kind of nudibranchs of the world medallion.

Just wish your blog was better....

The Fish said...

beautiful !

Harry Blalock said...

Me too Angelo, but what can I say?

And thanks Kaye, keep watching, I'm hoping to find many more nudibranchs and I'll be posting them all.