Kalinga ornata

Alder & Hancock, 1864

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Kalinga ornata from Milne Bay, PNG
 

Thanks to Denis Riek, Vishal Bhave and Marli Wakeling for suggesting identification for this species

Comment from the photographer: Kalinga ornata, Bunama Mission, Milne Bay, PNG, Mar. 11, 1998. Length: 65 mm, Depth: 6 meters. I found this beautiful nudibranch on a night dive. It was crawling rapidly in a random pattern, actively hunting small shrimp. When its oral veil came in contact with prey, it stopped, extended its oral tube and sucked up the food. I tried to shoot a pictures with the oral tube extended, but the action was too fast. I watched it for about an hour until it buried itself in the sand.
 

Comment from Denis Riek: Mary Jane is right. Wish I could find one!
Comment from Vishal Bhave: http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet.cfm?base=kaliorna
Comment from Marli Wakeling: Kalinga ornata

Location:Milne Bay, PNG
Photographer:Mary Jane Adams
Camera:Unknown Unknown › View EXIF properties
Taken on:October 23, 2009
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Posted:7 years ago
Updated:7 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Polyceridae
Species:Kalinga ornata