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Scientific name: Polycera capensis
Common name: Crowned nudibranch
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Mollusca Not Defined Gastropoda Opisthobranchia Nudibranchia Doridina Polyceridae Polycerinae Polycera Polycera capensis

      

Short Description:

The crowned nudibranch is a smooth-bodied variably coloured nudibranch. The ground colour is white or grey and there are usually black, yellow or orange stripes longitudinally along the notum, though these can be absent. The head has six yellow projections. The gills and rhinopores are black, and may be spotted with yellow. Alongside the gills is a pair of yellow projections.

Identification
features:
 
Size: 50mm
Behaviour: Its egg ribbon is a wavy white collar. 
Diet:  Bryozoans
Distribution: This species is found off the southern African coast from Luderitz in Namibia to Port Alfred in South Africa. 
Depth:  Intertidal to 35m
Habitat:  Rocky reefs
Reference:
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/
  • Nudibranchs of Southern Africa
    (a guide to opistobranch molluscs of Southern Africa)
    Terrence Gosliner
  • Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay
    Guido Zsilavecz
  • A field guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula
    Georgina Jones
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Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Charne Wepener-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-11-30 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 17 15mm 20m Canon Powershot A70 photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-10-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 16 10mm 18m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-09-26 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 16 15mm 20m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-09-12 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Three Sisters 15 15mm 18m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-11-22 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 13 25mm 18m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-10-18 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 13 20mm 16m Sony DSC-W150 photo
Riaan Rossouw-(East Londen) 2010-11-21 East Londen Orient Beach (EL)-Small Pier 16 40mm 6 Panasonic DMC FX10 photo
 
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