Armina scotti - A species of nudibranch described by our very own Rahul Mehrotra and named after the program's founder.
However, recently we have seen growing fascination with hidden, cryptic, often transparent gems of the marine world. The inhabitants of the weird and wonderful micro world are beginning to catch the public eye and the diversity that lies within.
Particular celebrities of this new and relatively unexplored world are the colourful and charismatic nudibranchs, a term which is commonly used (incorrectly) to include all sea slugs. As these critters grow in popularity and photographers continue to capture their almost synthetic looking colouration and texture, so does our knowledge of what they are and what they do in our marine world, which turns out to be almost as diverse as the estimated 7000 different species that exist just within the Indo-Pacific.