This species has been observed on Reunion Island
Superfamily : Plakobranchoidea
Family : Plakobranchidae
Distribution : South africa and Reunion
Maximal size : 6 mm
Abundance : Seldom if ever on the rocky coast.
Species characteristics :
The background colour of the body and parapodia ranges from translucent clear to greenish
(one specimen ic completely decolorated) speckled
and the parapodia have scattered black and white spots.
Lobe parapodia with yellow dots on the margin
The rhinophores have a brownish-pink band midway along their length and a white tip
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Photo Christophe Cadet
Reunion, Etang salé, on the rocky coast, less 1 m, September 2010, size : 6 mm
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Identification confirmed by Kathe Jensen
According Kathe Jensen :"
Your Elysia sp. 3 looks like the species labelled Elysia sp. 6 in Terry Gosliner's old book from South Africa (Elysia sp 8 in Gosliner, 2008), or the one called Elysia sp. 10 in the Sea Slug Forum
Bibliographic data :
The lobes gradually diminshing in size from the front to the back
The background colour of the body and parapodia ranges from translucent clear to greenish, probably dependent on the stage of the feeding cycle.
This species is similar to Elysia lobata but has a distinctive color pattern. In Elysia lobata the rhinophores have a
at the parapodial edge there is a broad translucent pinkish marginal band which has regularly spaced deeper pink patches
Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Elysia sp 10
Nudipixel Elysia sp
Elysia sp 8 in : Gosliner,T.M.; Behrens,D.W.; Valdés,A (2008) Indo-pacific nudibranchs and seaslugs A field guide to the World's most diverse fauna
Other photos of Elysia sp. 3:
Reunion, Etang salé, on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 12 June 2010, size : 3 mm
A small specimen with a pale coloration...
Reunion, Etang salé, on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 28 September 2009, size : 5 mm
Reunion, Les Avirons, November 2016
The background colour of the body and parapodia is translucent, speckled with tiny opaque white dots (a) and large white (b) and black (c) spots
Lobe parapodia with yellow dots (d) on the margin
body pattern details of this decolorated specimen : :
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