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This remarkable animal was discovered at a depth near 2,500 meters in Monterey Bay. It has been tentatively classified as a nudibranch but it is unlike any other member of that group ever described.

Thass right. It’s a deep-sea dwelling, pelagic nudibranch, which so far has been informally dubbed as ‘Mystery Mollusk’ by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) crews circa 2002. There should be a scientific literature about this beauty by now, though I confess I haven’t got access to any. The hand-like appendage seems to be an oral hood like the one on genus Melibe in my opinion. I could be wrong

This remarkable animal was discovered at a depth near 2,500 meters in Monterey Bay. It has been tentatively classified as a nudibranch but it is unlike any other member of that group ever described.

Thass right. It’s a deep-sea dwelling, pelagic nudibranch, which so far has been informally dubbed as ‘Mystery Mollusk’ by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) crews circa 2002. There should be a scientific literature about this beauty by now, though I confess I haven’t got access to any. The hand-like appendage seems to be an oral hood like the one on genus Melibe in my opinion. I could be wrong

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