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Clumpy Nudibranch

Asteronotus cespitosus

Description:

A large clumpy nudibranch crawling across the reef. I still think the thing on his rear looks like a palm tree!

1 Species ID Suggestions

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago
Asteronotus cespitosus
Asteronotus cespitosus Asteronotus cespitosus: main page


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3 Comments

SargonR
SargonR 7 years ago

It is funny, there is a sign at Hanauma Bay, where this was spotted, that clearly shows this Clumpy Nudibranch labeled as 'Spanish Dancer". But the fish book I own definitely has it as Clumpy Nudibranch.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Drew: I think I have found a correct ID for your nudi: Asteronotus cespitosus. check my ID suggestion above.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Hi Drew: This is indeed a nudibranch but I have my doubts that this is a spanish dancer. Spanish dancers are red and not warty. Such as this:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/626...

I will check if I can find an ID for this nudi you are showing us. In the meantime I welcome you to add your spottings fo nudibranchs and opistobranchs to this mission:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/7791...

SargonR
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SargonR

Kailua, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2013
Submitted on Dec 31, 2013

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