With tons of different kind of nudis in the Lembeh Strait, I find it hard sometimes to get excited about the „sluggy stuff“. However, there’s certain species which, even if you’re not a nudi lover, are just spectacular. Sometimes it’s their funky colors, sometimes their incredible shapes, just like the Miamira Alleni which Joni Toy spotted the other day.
The Miamira Alleni is truly one of it’s kind: it’s a very colorful nudibranch in the family Chromodorididae. It appears to mimic xeniid soft corals, feeds on sponges and can be found on shallow reefs in about 15m depth throughout South East Asia. It has extremely well-developed lateral mantle extensions and stores repellent chemicals in its skin (Neville Coleman, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2008).
Quite big in size, around 10 cm, the Miamira Alleni moves relatively „quickly“ over the sand. Watch this short video and enjoy one of the most spectacular nudibranchs when it comes to shape and colors!