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