Monthly Archives: December 2014

Species list_Other

The species list got too big for its rockpool. It is now split into three pages:

Fish(es) are here
Corals are here
Everything else (Rays, Nudibranchs, Reptiles, Crustacea, etc) are on this page:

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Common name(s): Common Cuttlefish

Latin name: Sepia latimanus

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Common name(s): Mimic Octopus

Latin name: Thaumoctopus mimicus

Comment: impersonates sea snakes, lion fish, flounders, and crabs; video

Picture from: Kapas

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Common name(s): Common Octopus

Latin name: Octopus vulgaris

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Common name(s): Squid

Latin name: Family Loliginidae

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Common name(s): Chiton

Latin name: Family-Acanthopleura-sp_

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Common name(s): Crab

Latin name: Etisus dentatus

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Common name(s): Crab

Latin name: Carpillius maculatus

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Common name(s): Hermit Crab

Latin name: Dadanus megistos

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Common name(s): Rock Lobster

Latin name: Panulirus versicolor

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Common name(s): Shrimp

Latin name: UNKNOWN

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Common name(s): Banded Snake Eel

Latin name: Myrichthys colubrinus

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Common name(s): Finespeckled Moray Eel

Latin name: Echidna delicatula

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Common name(s): Giant Moray Eel

Latin name: Gymnothorax javanicus

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Common name(s): Honeycomb Moray Eel

Latin name: Gymnothorax favagineus

Comment: Juveniles have a greater proportion of white coloration, this one is an adult.

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Common name(s): Spotted Moray

Latin name: Gymnothorax isingteena

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Common name(s): White Eyed Moray

Latin name: Sidera thyrsoidea

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Common name(s): Yellow Edged Moray; Yellow Margin Moray; Leopard Moray

Latin name: Gymnothorax flavimarginatus

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Common name(s): Zebra Moray Eel

Latin name: Gymnomuraena zebra

Comment: Couldn’t persuade him out of his hole!

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Common name(s): Ribbon Eel

Latin name: Rhinomuraena quaesita

Comment: Juveniles are predominantly black; adult females yellow; adult males blue.

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Common name(s): Snake eel

Latin name: Family Ophichthidae

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Common name(s): Snake Eel

Latin name: Myrichthys colubrinus

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Common name(s): Moon Jellyfish

Latin name: Aurelia aurita

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Common name(s): Sea Wasp

Latin name: Chironex-fleckerii

Comment: Very common. Stings and leaves marks for several days

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Common name(s): Black Striped Cerberilla Nudibranch

Latin name: Cerberilla annulata

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Common name(s): Heron Ardeadoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Ardeadoris egretta

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Common name(s): Annas Chromodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Chromodoris annae

Comment: Looks similar to C. strigata; C.magnifica

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Common name(s): Geometric Chromodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Chromodoris geometrica

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Common name(s): Leopard Chromodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Chromodoris leopardus

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Common name(s): Ringed Chromodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Chromodoris annulata

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Common name(s): Willans Chromodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Chromodoris Willani

Comment: Seen while Diving, not snorkelling

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Common name(s): Black Margined Glossodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Glossodoris atromarginata

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Common name(s): Beautiful Risbecia Nudibranch

Latin name: Risbecia pulchella

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Common name(s): Tryons Risbecia Nudibranch

Latin name: Risbecia tryoni

Comment: First picture shows characteristic “trailing” behaviour

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Common name(s): Magnificent Chromodoris Nudibranch

Latin name: Chromodoris magnifica

Comment: More commonly has a blue base colour

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Common name(s): Dotted Nudibranch

Latin name: Jorunna funebris

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Common name(s): Nudibranch Egg ribbon – probably Jorunna funebris

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Common name(s): Nudibranch Egg ribbon – probably Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus)

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Common name(s): Indian Phidiana Nudibranch

Latin name: Phidiana indica

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Common name(s): Serpent Pteraeolidia, Blue Dragon Nudibranch

Latin name: Pteraeolidia ianthina AKA Pteraeolidia semperi

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Common name(s): Striated Analogium Nudibranch

Latin name: Gymnodoris striata

Comment: Risbec (1928) considered the arrangement of the gills to be sufficient for a new genus Analogium for this species, but this is not followed by most authors. Ref

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Common name(s): Elegant Phyllidia Nudibranch

Latin name: Phyllidia elegans

Comment: Many variations exist

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Common name(s): Varicose Phyllidia Nudibranch

Latin name: Phyllidia varicosa

Comment: Many variations exist

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Common name(s): Pustulose Phyllidiella, Pimpled Phyllidiella Nudibranch

Latin name: Phyllidiella pustulosa

Comment: Tubercules (“pustules”) often have pink colouration.

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Common name(s): Black Rayed Fryeria, Painted Phyllidia; Warty Nudibranch

Latin name: Fryeria picta

Comment:  _To Follow_

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Common name(s): Dusky Nembrotha Nudibranch, Variable Neon Slug

Latin name: Nembrotha kubaryana

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Common name(s): Lined Nembrotha Nudibranch

Latin name: Nembrotha lineolata

Comment: Several variations exist

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Common name(s): Nudibranch, (NoCommonname)

Latin name: Nembrotha purpureolineata AKA Nembrotha rutilans

Comment: Nembrotha rutilans, classified as a separate species until 2008, has now been reclassified as Nembrotha purpureolineata. Easily confused with N. aurea & N. chamberlaini.

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Common name(s): Blue spotted ribbon tail ray

Latin name: Taeniura lymma

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Common name(s): Blue Spotted Stingray

Latin name: Dasyatis kuhlii

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Common name(s): White spotted eagleray

Latin name: Aetobatus narinari

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Picture from: Banda Islands

Also seen at: Kapas; Malbul, Adang, Raja Ampat

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Common name(s): Feathertail Stingray

Latin name: Pastinachus sephen

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Common name(s): Whitetail Stingray

Latin name: Himantura granulata

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Common name(s): Ocellate Plakobranchus, Ringed sap-sucking slug

Latin name: Plakobranchus ocellatus

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Common name(s): Seasnake Banded; Colubrine sea krait; Banded Sea Krait; Yellow Lipped Sea Krait

Latin name: Laticauda colubrina

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Common name(s): Cushionstar

Latin name: Culcita novaeguineae

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Common name(s): Horned Sea Star

Latin name: Protoreaster nodosus

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Common name(s): Green Turtle

Latin name: Chelonia mydas

Comment: Identified by wide head, two ‘scales’ (scutes) between eyes; non-overlapping scutes on shell

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Common name(s): Hawksbill Turtle

Latin name: Eretmochelys imbricata

Comment: Narrow head, single scale between eyes, hooked beak, juvies have jagged edges to shell. Pictures – Juvenile, Adult

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Common name(s): Featherduster Worm

Latin name: Sabellastarte indica

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Common name(s): Flatworm

Latin name: Acanthoson sp

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Common name(s): Christmas Tree Worm

Latin name: Spirobranchus giganteus

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Common name(s): Flatworm (NoCommonName)

Latin name: Pseudoceros bimarginatus

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Common name(s): Persian Carpet Flatworm

Latin name: Pseudobiceros bedfordi

Comment:  _To Follow_

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Common name(s): Purple Spotted Yellow Flatworm

Latin name: Pseudoceros laingensis

Comment:  _To Follow_

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Common name(s): Yellowspot Flatworm

Latin name: Thysanozoon nigropapillosum

Comment:  _To Follow_

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Species list_Corals

The species list got too big for its rockpool. It is now split into three pages:

Fish(es) are here
Corals are on this page
Everything else (Rays, Nudibranchs, Reptiles, Crustacea, etc) are here

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(these images are nabbed from a Tourism Authority of Thailand poster – image credit to them, I will do another one later on).

Common name(s): Cauliflower coral

Latin name: Pocillopora meandrina

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Common name(s): Cauliflower coral

Latin name: Pocillopora eydouxi

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Common name(s): Cauliflower coral

Latin name: Pocillopora verrucosa

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Common name(s): Loped cup coral

Latin name: Lobophyllia hemprichii

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Common name(s): Brain coral

Latin name: Symhyllia radians

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Common name(s): Double star coral

Latin name: Diploastrea heliopora

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora divaricata

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora austera

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora humilis

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora valenciennesi

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Common name(s): Thick staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora palifera

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora aspera

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora grandis

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Common name(s): Staghorn coral

Latin name: Acropora formosa

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Common name(s): Bottlebrush coral

Latin name: Acropora echinata

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Common name(s): Bottlebrush coral

Latin name: Acropora elseyi

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Common name(s): Bottlebrush coral

Latin name: Acropora longicyathus

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Common name(s): Table coral

Latin name: Acropora hyacinthus

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Common name(s): Table coral

Latin name: Acropora subulata

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Common name(s): Hump coral, Lump coral

Latin name: Porites lobata

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Common name(s): Hump coral, Lump coral

Latin name: Porites Lutea

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Common name(s): Columnar hump coral

Latin name: Porites (Synaraea) rus

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Common name(s): Branching hump coral

Latin name: Porites cyclindrica

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Common name(s): Branching hump coral

Latin name: Porites nigrescens

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Common name(s): Anemone coral

Latin name: Goniopora sp

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Common name(s): Anemome coral

Latin name: Goniopora sp

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Common name(s): Anemone coral

Latin name: Goniopora sp

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Common name(s): Joker coral

Latin name: Euphyllia glabrescens

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Common name(s): Bean coral

Latin name: Euphyllia ancora

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Common name(s): Mushroom coral

Latin name: Fungia sp

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Common name(s): Flat lettuce coral

Latin name: Echinophyllia aspera

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Common name(s): Spine coral

Latin name: Hydnophora rigida

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Common name(s): Bracket coral

Latin name: Podabacia crustacea

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Common name(s): Lesser valley coral

Latin name: Platygyra daedalea

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Common name(s): Intermediar valley coral

Latin name: Oulophyllia crispa

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Common name(s): Least valley coral

Latin name: Leptoria phrygia

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Common name(s): Common Lettuce coral

Latin name: Pectinia alcicornis

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Common name(s): Fire coral

Latin name: Millepora sp

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Common name(s): Fire coral

Latin name: Millepora platyphylla

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Common name(s): Hedgehog coral

Latin name: Echinopora lamellosa

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Common name(s): Lesser star coral

Latin name: Goniastrea pectinata

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Common name(s): Favites flexuosa

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Common name(s): Disc coral

Latin name: Turbinaria sp

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Common name(s): Blue coral

Latin name: Heliopora coerulea

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Common name(s): Rounded bubblegum coral

Latin name: Plerogyra sinuosa

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Common name(s): Hood coral

Latin name: Stylophora pistillata

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Common name(s): Tree coral

Latin name: Dendrophyllia micranthus

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Common name(s): Exclamation coral

Latin name: Psammocora digtata

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The (Stevie) Wonder Cam

There’s a cruel joke about Stevie Wonder’s holiday (vacation) pictures.  I forget the details, but it hinges on the fact that Stevie Wonder is blind, so doesn’t know where to point the camera, and his pictures turn out badly.

In late 2014, I took a two month ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands in Eastern Indonesia – reportedly some of the best snorkelling spots in the world. As my old underwater camera was on its last legs, I bought a new one to take along as backup. It was a shiny blue Canon Powershot D30.

Sure enough, the old one died after its first hour in the water, so I swapped over to my new Canon. To make a long story short, on the camera’s third time in the water, the LCD display stopped working.  The camera hadn’t leaked – it still took pictures, but I suddenly found myself in the same position as Stevie Wonder.  Without a display, I had no idea of what I was taking pictures of – all I could do was point the thing in the general direction and hope for the best.

Look – here’s a nice, close-up shot of a Black-tip:
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Just the tip.

To make things worse, when it broke it was set on “focus on the centre of the screen”, so if I did chance to get a fish somewhere in frame, it would be all blurry, because the camera was trying to focus 30 metres away – out in the blue somewhere.

My  attempts to fabricate a physical frame which would project a pyramid out-front to predict where the edges of the picture would be proved to be fruitless.  This is difficult to do in bamboo (and probably explains the lack of a Papuan space-program). So all I was left with was “point and hope”.

 

The point of this little story is that the pictures on this site from Raja Ampat, the Lease Islands and the Banda Islands are a bit rubbish.

The other point of this story is don’t buy Canon cameras!

 

edit: Update: At the end of the trip I took it for repair in KL, Malaysia (the town where I bought it). The Canon service centre was waaay out of town, so it cost me 1/10th the cost of the camera just to get there. When I got there, I was told that they can’t service underwater cameras anywhere in Malaysia and that I would have to pay one-quarter of cost of the camera to send it to Singapore.  After much stomping of feet, they agreed to ship it there for free. In the end, they gave me a new one.  I suspect it never went to Singapore. So far (with a week of active (underwater) service under its belt) , the replacement has been OK.

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visited November 2014, currently queued for write-up. It will probably be July 2015

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Raja Ampat moved!   It’s over here now:

https://whatsthesnorkellinglike3.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/Indonesia_Raja-Ampat

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