Lacy scorpionfish

Lacy scorpionfish, Rhinopias aphanes holds top position on the bucket list of many underwater photographers. You can not find this fish visiting regular diving destinations like Anilao or Lembeh, you’d add some adventure (and money) and visit Papua New Guinea, Australia or New Caledonia.

Usually they are found on offshore reefs, not deep, sitting motionlessly in ambush near crinoid, perfectly matching with surrounds. You are lucky if you managed to get a small collection of differently coloured Lacy – Golden, Grey, Greenish, Red.

Harpa harpa – beautiful predator snail

Harpa harpa

The family Harpidae comprises elegant marine gastropods with shell, resembling the strings of a harp. They are nocturnal hunters, hiding in the sand during the day and feeding on crabs and shrimps at night. The prey is enveloped by the foot and mucus, then saliva containing digestive enzymes is injected. Finally, partly digested crab is sucked out by the mollusc.

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Tiger Pistol Shrimp Alpheus bellulus: sisyphean task, useless but funny to look at!

It is always nice to look at someone’s work, especially when it is done with endless enthusiasm. Our shrimp lives in burrows with Cryptocentrus gobies (Y-bar Shrimp Goby, Cryptocentrus fasciatus in our case). The shrimp digs and maintains the burrows. With a soft sand bottom, it is easier to dig a home than to maintain it. Watch this video and you will understand why!

Amazing mimicry: Pseudoceros imitatus

Pseudoceros imitatus (Mimic Flatworm), one of my favourite flatworms, mimic Phyllidiella pustulosa (Pimpled Phyllidiella), very common toxic nudibranch. Phyllidiella can emit very toxic substances on the skin, extracting them from the sponges it feeds on. Our flatworm unfairly enjoys poisonous fame, avoided by predators!

Pseudoceros imitatus (Flatworm!)

Can you tell flatworm from nudibranch on this photo?

Do you see the difference?

Reef ID Books releases Coral Triangle Nudibranch guide

April, 14 the new book from Critter Academy series, Nudibranch of the Coral Triangle has been released on several platforms

– Amazon (paperback and eBook

– iTunes bookstore (eBook)

– Kobo (eBook)

– PayHip (PDF version)

This book is a field guide, an assistant for the identification of nudibranchs species in the region. The book presents 1000+ species nudibranchs that can be found and photographed in depths and regions accessible to recreational diving

 

Enjoy your reading!