Featured Invertebrate Data
Lyrocteis imperatoris is considered to be very rare in the waters of Okinawa's main island as I have seen / collected a total of two individuals over a period of more than twenty years of Okinawa diving. I have to admit to two major problems associated w/ the collecting and preservation of the only two specimens seen. The first problem was with the above featured animal. Upon photographing it under strong bottom currents it was lost from my collecting bag. I didn't have time to chase after it in as much as my bottom time departure time was fast-approaching my lengthy upcoming decompression. The second problem was w/ the second collected animal (seen on the second page). Following the dive at home I attempted to preserve it by immersion in a 10% formaldehyde solution and it responded by immediately disintegrating into a series of loose cells. Methinks the Great Scientific Collection Gods didn't want me to have these specimens. (grin) The same photograph as the one above is also in Gosliner, et al, 1996, p.95.
I've added a second page w/ several images of the species.
In addition, there's a page w/ links to misc. phyla including this species, as well as additional resources.