Crab and nudi ID help

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Posted by Anastasia L on March 15, 2008 at 16:06:34:

Jeff had the macro lens on for all three dives last Saturday at Santa Cruz - and I can't remeber the last time it took me so long to try to ID and caption everything in one of our albums. I could use a little reinforcement on these guys.

First up, a mystery nudi. Maybe Archidoris Odhneri? It's frustrating because we couldn't see his edges the way he was tucked under.

We also saw a TON of little decorator crabs. I'm really not good at identifying these guys.. I'm leaning towards Oregonia gracilis, but some photos out there of Erileptus spinosus look pretty similar too. They were all in the 1-2 inch range, including legs. Opinions?

Crab #1:

Crab #2:

All the rest of the photos can be found here:

Santa Cruz Island, 3/8/2008

Any help appreciated!

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