Creature Feature: Solar Powered Nudibranch

The Solar-Powered Nudibranch (Phyllodensium longicirrum, Solar-Powered Phyllodensium, Long-Cirri Phyllodensium) is one of the celebrities among the Lembeh Nudibranchs – everybody knows it and everybody likes to see one. The Solar-Powered Nudibranch (SPN) grows to 15 cm in size and is the biggest member of the phyllodensium nudibranchs. As other members of this group, the SPN farms…

Shorthead Fangblenny yawning

On today’s morning dive i was lucky enough to capture this yawning Shorthead Fangbleny (Petroscirtes breviceps). The yawn makes his long curved canine teeth visible, which it uses for defense. Shorthead Fanblennies are very common in North Sulawesi and like hiding in bottlenecks – so obviously there are many of them in Lembeh Strait. They…

Dragon Shrimp

On yesterday’s morning dives i came across this beautiful shrimp: A Dragon Shrimp (Miropandalus hardingi). It’s a 2cm long shrimp that lives on black corals and has a green-yellow colouration. Even though it looks a little bit like the more common whip coral shrimps dasycaris zansibarica (on spine) and Pontonides ankeri (no spines) this shrimp…

Mini Flatworms

When spending a lot of time with teleconverters and diopters doing Super Macro Photography in Lembeh Strait, you tend to pay less attention to “big” critters like Frogfish, Octopus and Scorpionfishes and start to open your eyes for the rather microscopic types of critters. Like Hairy Shrimp, tiny nudibranchs and more. And for exemple also…