Pseudoceros indicus   Newman & Schupp, 2002

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This species has been observed on Reunion and Mayotte Islands


Order : Polycladida
Suborder : Cotylea
Superfamily : Pseudocerotoidea
Family : Pseudocerotidae
Distribution : Indo West Pacific
Maximal size : 60 mm
Abundance :


Species characteristics :

Background mottled cream and opaque white with well defined, separate, royal blue or dark purple spots along margin, spots uneven in size and spacing

Spots continue over the pseudotentacles

Median area sometimes light brown

Pseudoceros monostichos
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Photo Philibert Bidgrain
Mayotte, "Gombé Ndroumé", less 1 m, 21 December 2011, size : 10 mm

Bibliographic data :

Ventrally cream with tinge of pink (maybe due to prey), margin with blue or dark purple spots.
   Cerebral eyespot with about 40 eyes in a horseshoe shaped cluster.
   Similar to Pseudoceros cf gamblei and Pseudoceros ouini, but DNA studies indicate that these are all separate species.
   Habitat : Found on the reef crest and reef slope feeding on a variety of colonial ascidians. Sometimes also abundant on mangrove roots, 1-2 m depth, feeding on the white and yellowish colonial ascidian
   Ethymology : Named from the Latin (masculine), indicus = blue ink, for the color of its distinctive spots.

References :

Discover life : Pseudoceros indicus
   Marine flatworms of the world : Pseudoceros indocus 1 or 2
   Nudipixel : Pseudoceros indicus

Publications :

Newman, L.J. & Schupp, P. (2002). A new pseudocerotid flatworm (Platyhelminthes, Polycladida) from the Indo-Pacific. Micronesica 34: 177184
    Newman, L.J. & Cannon, L.R.G. (2003). Marine Flatworms: the world of Polyclads. CSIRO Publishing : Melbourne 112

Other photos of Pseudoceros indicus :


 

Yvon Gildas

Mayotte, Passe en S, buoy n°8, 8-9 m, 13 August 2009, size : 30 mm

 

So a brown pattern for this species. A similar pattern was described in Newman, L.J. et Cannon, L.R.G. (2003).

Median area sometimes light brown


Olivier Police

Mayotte, Platier des badamiers en Petite Terre, 25 December 2009, size : 60 mm

 

A whitish pattern for this species. A similar pattern was described in Newman, L.J. et Cannon, L.R.G. (2003).


Christophe Cadet

Reunion, Vincendo, 4 January 2011, size : 6 mm

Background mottled cream and opaque white like P. Bidgrain specimen from Mayotte.


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