Marionia sp.

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Marionia sp. from Komodo, Indonesia
Identification verified by Richard Willan
 

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 http://www.nudipixel.net/photo/00017499/
Comment from Denis Riek: Marionia sp?

Location:Komodo, Indonesia
Photographer:Ahmad Zaki Embi
Camera:Nikon D90View EXIF properties
Taken on:November 18, 2009
Viewed:2055 times
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:Dendronotina
Family:Tritoniidae
Species:Marionia sp.