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Identification is verified by Richard Willan, Nudi Pixel expert
Comment from Richard Willan: An undescribed species. The pink ‘sausage’ on the head of the Marionia is the egg sac of an internal copepod parasite (Crustacea: Copepoda: Harpacticoidea: Splachnotrophidae: Ismaila sp.). These parasites live permanently inside the body of nudibranchs and the only indication of their presence is their long and coiled egg sacs of the females that project outside the body. We have no idea what damage these parasites cause their nudibranch hosts.
Thanks to Marli Wakeling and Denis Riek for suggesting identification for this species
Comment from Marli Wakeling: similar to
Comment from Denis Riek: Marionia sp?
|Photographer:||Ahmad Zaki Embi|
|Camera:||Nikon D90 › View EXIF properties|
|Taken on:||November 18, 2009|
|Posted:||3 years ago|
|Updated:||3 years ago|
Other photos of Marionia sp.