Atsushi Ono (Ono-san)
(photo by Rie Nakano, Zamami Island, 5 March, 2001)

        Atsushi Ono is a long term resident of the Kerama Islands, a series of islands located 30 ~ 40 kilometers west of the Okinawa capitol, Naha. There are four main islands in the Kerama Islands: Tokashiki, Zamami, Aka, and Geruma, as well as many small uninhabited islands. Ono-san was born in Fukushima Prefecture (Mainland Japan) but he has been living on Zamami Island in the Kerama Islands for fourteen years. He has been diving for over twenty-two years (approximately twenty years experience as an underwater photographer) and he is a Japanese Three-I SCUBA Instructor. He is the author of the popular Opisthobranchs of Kerama Islands, and Opisthobranchs of the Ryukyu Islands listed below.

        Ono-san's camera preferences are as follows:

Opisthobranchs of Kerama Islands. Ono, Atsushi. 1999.
TBS-BRITANNICA & Co., Ltd., Japan. 184pp.

        Each photograph in the book has an English caption with the Latin name, authority, locality, as well as size; for Japanese readers there is a short species account for each animal. Bill Rudman has a review of this book on the Sea Slug Forum and the book is available from several on-line sources, including the following:

Also, Atsushi has yet another opisthobranch book available (2004):

Opisthobranchs of Ryukyu Islands. Ono, Atsushi. 2004.
Rutles, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. 304pp. [Ordering information as above]

NOTE: See the photo links kindly furnished by Atsushi for the Okinawa Slug Site.

Page Date: 12 Feb '01
Page Modification Date: 04 Mar '12
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