Underwater Photography 8/365 “Vaquita Suiza, Swiss Cow Portrait”

365 days of Underwater Photography, Project Picture 8/365

“Vaquita Suiza, Swiss Cow Portrait”

Vaquita Suiza, Swiss Cow Portrait-8/365

Nikon D90 Nikkor 60mm 1/80 f/10.0 ISO 200

One specie you don’t see until you become interested in diving and marine life are the nudibranchs, the name comes from the latin and means naked gills, you can spot them in many different sizes and colors, these mollusk gastropod are venomous and use their color to advice their predators.This one particularly is endemic of the Mediterranean, and is commonly called “Swiss Cow” due to its white body with black marks, you can find them identified as either Discodoris atromaculata or Peltodoris Atromaculata as there is an ongoing scientific discussion on the genus. Is one of the very first nudibranchs you will see in the Mediterranean as are quite common and easy to identify, most of the time will be on a Sponge “Petrosia ficiformis” as it is their favorite food.

Una especie que no se suele conocer hasta que te interesas por el buceo y la vida marina son los nudibranquios, el nombre proviene del latín y significa branquias desnudas, puedes encontrarlos en diferentes tamaños y colores, estos moluscos gasterópodos son venenosos y utilizan su color para avisar a sus depredadores y evitar ser comidos.Este en particular es endémico en el Mediterráneo, y comúnmente se le llama “Vaquita Suiza” por su cuerpo de color blanco con marcas de negras, los puedes encontrar identificados como Discodoris atromaculata or Peltodoris Atromaculata ya que hay un debate científico sobre el género . Es uno de los primeros nudibranquios que se suelen encontrar en el Mediterráneo ya que son bastante comunes y fáciles de identificar, la mayoría de las veces estará sobre una esponja “Petrosia ficiformis”, ya que es su comida favorita.


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