Discodoris coerulescens Berg, 1888

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This species has been observed on Reunion and Mayotte Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Doridoidea
Family : Discodorididae
Distribution : Indo West Pacific
Maximal size : 30 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Translucent white to whitish-tan mantle with numerous red brown spots, some densely arranged in patches

Opaque white spots on the notal margin

It has elevated rhinophoral sheaths, and yellowish-tan rhinophores.

The gills are translucent or translucent tan with whitish tips


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Photo Philippe Bourjon
Reunion, passe de l'Ermitage, less 1 m, 24 July 2010, size : 40 mm

Remarks :

The identification of this species seems to be very variable in different books and web site... I decided to use the term of Discodoris coerulescens for this kind of specimens, but I'm not sure of that...
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
          - Montereina coerulescens (Berg, 1888)

References :

  Philippines seaslug Discodoris coerulescens
     Kwajalein underwater from Marshall islands Discodoris coerulescens

Publications :

Dayrat, B. 2010. A Monographic Revision of Basal Discodorid Sea Slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Nudibranchia: Doridina).
Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 61, suppl I: 1-403

Other photos of Discodoris coerulescens :


Remy Eudeline

Mayotte, Herbier de l'aéroport, les 1 m, 13 May 2018




Christophe Cadet

Reunion, Etang salé on the rocky coast, less 1 m, size : 20 mm




Christophe Cadet

Reunion, Etang sale on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 5 September 2009, size : 20 mm


Philibert Bidgrain

Reunion, Etang sale on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 17 November 2010

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