Snails 'n slugs

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Posted by Merry on January 23, 2015 at 10:52:50:

Phil has a knack for dropping anchor precisely where he wants it to be. So when Kevin found a large number of simnia snails on a dense population of red gorgonian, it was easy to return to the same spot the next day.

Simnia snail, Delonovolva aequalis
 photo Two simnias with eggs wm DSC_9265_zps25rwepre.jpg

 photo Simnia 800 wm DSC_9194_zpsbqgrp9fi.jpg

 photo Simnia eating 800 wm DSC_9196_zpsmyo2uruz.jpg

 photo Blue ring topsnail DSC_9168_zpswthfjteq.jpg

 photo Snail DSC_9413_zpsgovvojkz.jpg

Northern kelp crab, Pugettia producta
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Cuthona lagunae from White Point outfall pipe.
 photo Cuthona lagunae DSC_9181_zpsusfisv2n.jpg

One of the most perfectly cryptic nudibranchs has finally graced us with its presence. We've been looking for this nudi for years, and due to its highly episodic appearance, we may not see it again for some time.

Corambe pacifica feeds exclusively on the bryozoan, Membranipora membranacea.
 photo Corambe pacifica zoom out 800 DSC_9417 2_zpspbsrqpqh.jpg

 photo Corambe pacifica 800 DSC_9439_zpsgytfahnz.jpg

Another cryptic nudi that almost disappears in a tangle of bryozoan is Dendronotus venustus. On Golf Ball Reef, I found a kelp frond that housed hundreds of them, distributed over multiple kelp blades. But getting a shot of that wild sight was another story...
 photo Dendronotus venustus DSC_9371_zpsaxmq5bbc.jpg

Eubranchus rustyus can be found with venustus.
 photo Eubranchus rustyus from jpg DSC_9324_zpsmy9afyku.jpg

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