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Unknown Phylum. Any suggestions?

GPO87

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... I would say it's a strange type of man eating jellyfish? The bottom stipey part really looks like a bell, which says Cnidarian to me! but then again those holes in picture 4 do look ALOT like syphon-y ceph type stuff... :biggrin2:
 

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Not for a moment a serious suggestion, but I can dream...it looks to me akin to some kind of vampyromorph cephalopod.

The striped structures could be short arms tucked in around the 'head', note how they are asymmetrical in picture 3 implying that they are not part of the 'mantle' but capable of independent movement. Wrinkling observable in picture 2 suggests that arms, or even a web, may be present tucked down between the striped lobes. The two circular structures could be analogous to Vampyroteuthis photophores but migrated forwards. Picture 4 seems to depict some form of internal strengthening structure under the mantle - some kind of gladius perhaps?

Perhaps the Vampire Squid isn't alone afterall? Certainly it looks prehistoric, though I'd have to draw the line at Anomalocaris as was suggested to me privately in jest...
 

pipsquek

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Giant pelagic slug??? I don't get a very squidly vibe about those photos. Pretty amazing looking, whatever it is. I wonder if the movement was fluid rather than something that may be injured.
 

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I thought we'd put this one to bed?

Dancing Sea Slug

Fits all the parameters, and colour pattern...also, the convolutions of the body along with the questing forward "nose".
 

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Sorry, but I showed the pic to a bunch of divers (one of them, unfortunately, a fish collector) and they all said without hesitation...
Dancing Sea Slug

Webmaster edit: bad link removed.
 
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Steve O'Shea

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No, No, No, No, No, No, No .....!!

Time to call in the man himself, Dr Bill Rudman. That's no nudibranch. Now, how to dial the man .....

If that's a nudibranch then I'll shout you all weekend at TONMOcon!
 

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