Zebra Crab (Zebrida adamsii)
…a small species of crab found throughout the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, ranging from Japan to Australia. Like other zebra crabs Z.adamsii is often found on sea urchins (Typically fire and flower urchins) where they will groom the echinoderm feeding on any food items that may have fallen onto it. In turn the crab is defended by the urchin’s spines.
Zebra Crabs are awesome, and I’m pretty sure the top photo is actually a Harlequin Crab (Lissocarcinus orbicularis).
THE HELL I CAN’T!
Baby octopus on a leaf - Okinawa, Japan by Okinawa Nature Photography
A new species of octopus not yet described by scientists at Oeno atoll, one of the most southerly coral atolls in the world.
Photograph: Enric Sala/National Geographic
At first glance, you would think you are staring at some hydroids or sponges. But what you are seeing is a transparent anatomy of a newly discovered nudibranch. It’s easy to see how such a unique slug avoided discovery until recently. The Melibe genus is unique in comprising of active predators versus the typical Nudibranch that feed on sessile inverts. Therefore, this transparent camouflage makes evolutionary sense.
Melibe colemani was first discovered by the late great underwater photographer, Neville Coleman. He passed away back in May of this year. He was an epic naturalist, underwater explorer, and an amazing photographer. While we as aquarists don’t usually specifically try to keep nudibranch unless we’re trying to get Berghia to graze some aiptasia but they really are cool marine animals. More details about the Nudi and its discoverer can be found here. A big thanks to Jim Walters for turning us on to this very cool sea slug.
Read more: http://reefbuilders.com/2012/11/09/melibe-colemani/
something about the eyes on this one…
i think blue sharks are just too cool
Juvenile Teira Batfish (Platax teira)
by Samantha Craven
Grouper & Octopus (- Ramiro González)