Tambja morosa

Posted by ChrisRoss on Sat May 27, 2023 1:24 am

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Gloomy Nudibranch Tambja morosa 

Tambja morosa is quite common in tropical waters of the coral triangle, but there's only record I can find previously in Sydney's Botany Bay, it will have hitched a ride down as a larvae on the East Australian current. 

Quite a large nudi, this one is about 90mm long.  Apparently a second individual was found a today.   They eat arborescent bryozoans, commonly called lace coral, they consist of a colony of individual animals in branching lacy structure, there are quite a few types in Botany Bay.

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by david fletcher on Sat May 27, 2023 2:54 am
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Remarkable close up Chris. Nicely done.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Sat May 27, 2023 5:47 am
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Cool-looking creature, I haven't seen an image one of those before. Thanks for sharing and the explanation, Chris.
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by Carol Clarke on Sat May 27, 2023 9:41 am
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I love seeing the nudies - one of my favourite underwater subjects, so this is a treat for me, Chris - and what a colour!

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by Eia on Sat May 27, 2023 9:44 am
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I had to look at this a few times. Very, very strange and fascinating. It looks like a plant. What a brilliant color.

by Swissblad on Sat May 27, 2023 11:23 pm
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Another remarkable find - fascinating!

by Cynthia Crawford on Sun May 28, 2023 9:23 pm
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Wow- what a creature- what a color! Fabulous shot. And thanks for the education.
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by Tom Whelan on Mon May 29, 2023 9:52 am
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Impressive portrait, what an unusual creature.

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