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Desirable Flabellina

Coryphellina exoptata


This Nudibranch - Coryphellina exoptata was seen on its host (food source Hydroids) and laying her eggs on it, probably giving her next generation a better start in their life, to get to food right away.


Usually found among Hydroids, which is their food source.


This Nudibranch was previously known as Flabellina exoptata and now reclassified to a different genus as Coryphellina exoptata. Many species of Nudibranch has in recent years had to be reclassified with new methods of studying/verifying them including by DNA providing better understanding and differences in closely related species/genera. And the common name of Desirable Flabellina using its old genus name shows that Common names can be troublesome in such situations when Genus names are changed!

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AlbertKang 11 months ago

Thanks, @Mark for sharing the link to more Nudibranch :D

@OpkinTree - Nudibranch are sea snails without shells. They are mostly very colourful and/or interesting markings like Caterpillars/Butterflies :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 months ago

Opkin Tree feast your eyes

OpkinTree 12 months ago

Impressive shot! I've never heard of a Nudibranch before.

AlbertKang 12 months ago

Thanks, @Michael Sarill :)

Thanks too, @Mark.
This pictures were taken during day time, in fact at 10:15 am in the morning.
The black background effect is the result of the shooting angle and lighting technique :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 months ago

Desirable? ..yes I think I would like one.
These night shots are really cool. No distracting stuff.

MichaelS 12 months ago

Incredible, Albert!

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Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 23, 2019
Submitted on Oct 30, 2019

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