FAMILY : JANTHINIDAE
Recluzia cf jehennei Petit, 1853

This species spends its entire life cycle (holeopelagic) at the oceans surface, attached by the foot to a raft of
mucus covered bubbles. It is carnivorous, preying on pelagic Cnidarians such as floating anemones. Less is known
about this genus than is about the related Janthina. Several species are named but the family is in need of revision
with species being named from dead shells. There are also synonyms listed so I am unsure as to the proper
identity of these images. Recluzia spp are rarely seen alive andimages of living animals are even rarer.

Note the smaller male between the bubble raft and the larger animal

 

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