Opisthobranch of the Week Data
Doto sp. 9 is considered to be very rare on Okinawa as I have seen and collected only the above lone individual. The above image is considerably less than adequate but it was shot at four times life size (4:1) with a 105mm lens in conjunction with a set of bellows. The animal was collected from the Seragaki dive site, in an area of mixed sand and coral rubble at fifty-eight meters. A "grunge collection" was made via a medium-sized Zip-Loc bag; this collection was composed primarily of miscellaneous hydroids and bryozoans and later at home the above animal was found in a sorting bowl.
I've added a second image of the same animal, showing its appearance under different lighting and background conditions.
In addition to Doto sp. 9, I've collected at least seven unknown Doto species from the waters of Okinawa's main island and I've featured a series of described and unknown Doto species previously on these pages. These Doto species are profiled on the following links:
Doto cf. racemosa Doto pita Doto sp. 1 Doto sp. 2 Doto sp. 3 Doto sp. 4 Doto sp. 5 Doto sp. 6 Doto sp. 7 Doto sp. 8 Doto sp. 9 The above featured animal Doto sp. 10 Doto sp. 11