Dermatobranchus cf. tuberculatus  Gosliner & Fahey, 2011

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Arminoidea
Family : Arminidae
Distribution : Malaysia, Philippines and Madagascar
Maximal size : 20 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The ground colour of the notum, the oral veil, and the foot is pale white to tan or purple. The tubercles are generally light brown with darker brown speckling

The rhinophores are light brown to green with white dots

The oral veil is white with a few dark brown specks and has a pink to purple margin

dermatobranchus cf tubherculatus
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Photo Alain-Benoît Rassat
Madagascar, Nosy bé, Plateau des arches, 18 m, 22 April 2016, size : 25 mm

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Hsini Lin
   This species looks like Dermatobranchus tuberculatus but there are difference in color and dispostion of the tubercles, so for the moment it's better to use the term of Dermatobranchus cf. tuberculatus
    Synonymous : (according worms)
                    - No other name

Bibliographic data :

The widely spaced, club-shaped rhinophores are behind the oral veil. They have a series of longitudinal lamellae on the rounded club and a short apex above it. The stalk does not narrow noticeably
    A light brown triangular mark may be present mid-dorsally on the anterior half of the notum.
    Etymology : The specific name tuberculatus refers to the presence of rounded tubercles on the dorsal surface of the notum that characterize this species.

References :

Philippines seaslug Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Publications :

Gosliner T.M. & Fahey S.J. (2011) Previously undocumented diversity and abundance of cryptic species: a phylogenetic analysis of Indo-Pacific Arminidae Rafinesque, 1814 (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) with descriptions of 20 new species of Dermatobranchus . Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 161: 245356.

Other photos of Dermatobranchus cf. tuberculatus :

Alain-Benoît Rassat
Madagascar, Nosy bé, Plateau des arches, 18 m, 22 April 2016, size : 25 mm


Details of the oral veil and the notum




Alain-Benoît Rassat

Madagascar, Nosy bé, Anemone sud, 15 m, 29 November 2015, size : 10 mm



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