Baeolidia variabilis  Carmona, Pola, Gosliner & Cervera, 2014

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This species has been observed on Reunion Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Aeolidioidea
Family : Aeolidiidae
Distribution : Western and central pacific and Reunion
Maximal size : 10 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Rhinophores densely covered by elongate papillae, translucent with ochre pigment and white apex

Color variable some animal translucent white with patch of opaque white on the head and notum other animal brown with opaque white pigment on the posterior side of the basal portion of the cerata and on the tips of the rhinophores

Cerata curved inwardly and with scattered papillae over their surface

baeolidia variabilis
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Photo Alexandre laporte
Reunion, 29 Decembre 2015, size : 5-8 mm

Remarks :

Synonymous (according worms) :
          - No other

Bibliographic data :

Body short, broad, tapering close to posterior end of foot. Foot corners, short and rounded.
    Body colour translucent with two different colour patterns.
          - First one with opaque white patches on head (its density varies) and notum. Light ochre reticulate on both sides of body. Cerata ochre with white pigmentation on posterior side of basal portion.
          - Second one with small light ochre spots all over body. Cerata completely white, usually having bright yellow pigment on posterior side of their distal area
    Some cerata noticeably longer than others, cerata recurved inwardly with some papillae or bulbs
    Oral tentacles short, slender, tapering near apices. Oral tentacles same colour as ground colour and white tips.

References :

Philippines Seaslugs : Baeolidia variabilis

Publications :

Carmona L., Pola M., Gosliner T.M. & Cervera J.L. 2014. Review of Baeolidia , the largest genus of Aeolidiidae (Mollusca: Nudibranchia), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa , 3802 (4): 493, 495-498

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