PROGRESSIVE DINNER

PROGRESSIVE DINNER

Periclimenes imperator Bruce, 1967 Above: Periclimenes imperator, the emperor shrimp hitching a ride on the mantle of the spanish dancer nudibranch Hexabranchus sanguineus, in 16 metres of water at Fairyland, Gneering Shoals, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. (18...
THE CORAL EATER

THE CORAL EATER

Phyllodesmium magnum Rudman, 1991 Above: Phyllodesmium magnum displaying the profusion of zooxanthellae filled cerata that gives it the nickname of “solar-powered” sea slug, in 14 metres of water at Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia....
FIVE STAR DINING

FIVE STAR DINING

Hymenocera picta Dana, 1852 Above: A pair of Hymenocera picta (Harlequin Shrimps) looking out from their lair with the female eating from the arm tip of a captured sea star Tamaria sp. in 9 metres of water at Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia (50...
THE SURVIVAL SACRIFICE

THE SURVIVAL SACRIFICE

Berthella martensi (Pilsbry, 1896) Above: A “typical” Berthella martensi specimen exhibiting all the anatomical features mentioned below. This example has autotomised the posterior lobe of its mantle skirt and the tip of the gill is thus exposed on the...
THE HITCHHIKER

THE HITCHHIKER

Coeloplana astericola  Mortensen, 1927 Above: An adult Coeloplana astericola taking a ride upon an arm of its host the sea star Echinaster callouss (warty or calloused sea star) while it “fishes” for prey with its streaming tentacles. Currimundi Reef,...
DUPLICITY

DUPLICITY

Ovula ovum (Linnaeus, 1758) Above: A juvenile Ovula ovum looking very much like a toxic nudibranch as it makes a meal of the soft coral colony upon which it resides. Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. (25 mm) Ovula ovum (Linnaeus, 1758) Common...