Samla macassarana    (Bergh, 1905)

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Flabellinoidea
Family : Samlidae
Distribution : IndoWest pacific
Maximal size : 30 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The general body colour is translucent white or bluish white with tiny patches of opaque white pigment present over most of the notum.

Terminal burnt orange ceratal tip ring in a subapicaly orange band

White lamellate rhinophores with an orange apex

Samla   macassarana
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Photo Barbara Bini
Madagascar, Nosy bé, 20 m, 14 October 2017, size : 15 mm

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Hsini Lin .
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
               - Flabellina macassarana Bergh, 1905

Bibliographic data :

This species looks like S. bicolor and S. cf. bicolor but :
                - In S. bicolor, a vivid orange spot, or complete (most often), or incomplete narrow orange ring is present subapically on each cerata.
                - In S. cf. bicolor, a large vivid orange ring is present at the base of each cerata.

References :

Medslug : Samla macassarana

Publications :

Bergh, L. S. R. (1905). Die Opisthobranchiata der Siboga-expedition. Siboga-Expeditie. 50: 1-248, pls 1-20
    Korshunova, T.; Martynov, A.; Bakken, T.; Evertsen, J.; Fletcher, K.; Mudianta, W.; Saito, H.; Lundin, K.; Schrödl, M.; Picton, B. (2017). Polyphyly of the traditional family Flabellinidae affects a major group of Nudibranchia: aeolidacean taxonomic reassessment with descriptions of several new families, genera, and species (Mollusca, Gastropoda). ZooKeys. 717: 1-139

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