The Nembrotha Cristata was just one of the Nudibranchs to delight our guests in Lembeh this week. This particular one resembles an old English Gentleman, with a large drooping moustache!
We have some crazy, beautiful Nudibranchs here in Lembeh and this great shot was captured by our guests, Victor and Lynn.
Nembrotha Cristata are from the Polyceridae family and are also known as, Cabbage Nudibranch/Sea Slug/Snail or Cabbage Patch Nudibranch. You can find them on coral, rocky reefs or sandy, rubble bottoms. They can grow to a length of 6cm and are found in waters anywhere from 3 metres to 20 metres.
The Nembrotha Cristata have two Rhinopores which help them to detect food via scent and taste. These are the antenna-like objects on the Nudis head. They like to feed on coral, sponges and Anemomes and also enjoy Hydroids. They also absorb stings from jelly fish into their skin when feeding on them and this acts as a defense mechanism against predators. Pretty and smart, hey?!
Along with our lovely Nudibranchs, our guests were also spotting Mimic Octopus, Wunderpus Octopus, Electric Clams and many, many other shrimp of all shapes and sizes!
We had 3 returning guests this week in Lembeh. Paul and Trine from Denmark and Eva from the USA. It was great to see familiar faces!
Also visiting us were guests from France, Belgium and India.