Marine life in Indonesia

Epitonium billeeanum

The last presentation on yesterday’s marine biology day was by Arjan Gittenberger.

After most other contributions had been on the North Sea, this one was on Indonesia, a major area for research by the natural history museum.

Gittenberger started with wentletrap snails.

Their name in English is from Dutch word ‘wenteltrap’.

The Dutch species eat sea anemones, while the Indonesian ones eat coral.

Gittenberger also discovered a new species.

So far, golden wentletraps in Indonesia had been called Epitonium billeeanum.

However, they are a separate species, Epitonium aureum.

Indonesian wentletraps lay about 400-500 eggs at a time.

Shrimps are often of similar colours and shapes as the corals where they are on.

There are also many Foraminifera; see also here.

And soft corals.

Sea slugs: here.

Origins and diversification of Indo-West Pacific marine fauna: evolutionary history and biogeography of turban shells (Gastropoda, Turbinidae): here.

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