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Girdled Glossodoris

Glossodoris cincta


The lumpy body of G. cincta is fleshy and oval. Its dorsum, gills, rhinophores and foot are reddish or brownish, mottled, with a white-and-yellow coloration along the dorsal midline. The whole body is covered in white speckles. Its frilly mantle is outlined by a bluish (or sometimes black) band, along with a yellow submarginal band. Its rhinophores are lamellate. It feeds on sponges and grows to a length of about 6cm.


Distribution: Indo-West Pacific. Habitat: shallow area of coral reefs.


Spotted this stunning nudibranch in 23m of water, at a dive site called Chesca Garden, Talikud Island. Its "tail" was perched on something while the rest of its body was hovering over a coral head -- it looked as if it was trying to cross, but was getting irritated by the intervening coral's surface. It measured about 5cm long.

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Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, johnlguerin! :)

johnlguerin 8 years ago

Wow. Simply beautiful.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 8, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012

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