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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

One of the many red-spotted species of nudibranch found in New South Wales, Australia, this 30mm speciman is the nudibranch Hypselodoris bennetti.
From the sea slug website ( - "In Hypselodoris bennetti the background colour is blue, not pink or reddish as in the other two species and the yellow border goes all the way around the mantle. The white gills and rhinophores are lined with red. In Chromodoris loringi the yellow border does not continue around the front of the mantle, the rhinophores are a translucent yellowish colour and the white gills are lined with reddish-purple. In Chromodoris woodwardae the gills and rhinophores are a translucent white colour, and the yellow border goes all around the mantle."
Image taken at 'The Pinnicle' dive site in the Jervis Bay Marine Park in New South Wales, Australia.

· Date: Fri September 30, 2005 · Reference ID: all/22005-08-22-12-48-26 · Views: 13734 ·
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