This species has been observed on
Reunion, Mayotte and Madagascar Islands
Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Doridoidea
Family : Chromodorididae
Distribution : Known only
Madagascar, Mayotte Reunion Mozambique and possibly from Kenya.
Maximal size : 30 mm
Abundance : Frequently on the
fore reef zone
Entire dorsal surface light pink to tan, with thick
orange band encircling the margin of notum. Marginal band often with
undulating margins on inner side.
Notum with series of narrow, opaque white longitudinal
Large plum to brown spots located between lines.
Photo Yvon Gildas
Passe en S, 35 m, 23 June 2010
We found in our country
4 species derived from Hypselodoris maculosa complex : H. bertschi, H. juniperae, H. maculosa
Bibliographic data :
body and margin of foot same colour as notum.
Gill branches orange basally, with opaque white apices. Seven to nine
unipinnate, well-elevated gill branches present on notum.
Bulb of rhinophores opaque white, with two prominent orange bands and
traces of third band basally. Base of rhinophores translucent white.
Ethymologie : The name yarae honors Yara Tibiriçá, who has advanced our
knowledge of western Indian Ocean nudibranchs and collected several
specimens of this species.
Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Hypselodoris
Epstein, H. E.;
Hallas, J. M.; Johnson, R. F.; Lopez, A.; Gosliner, T. M. (2018).
Reading between the lines: revealing cryptic species diversity and
colour patterns in Hypselodoris nudibranchs (Mollusca:
Heterobranchia: Chromodorididae). Zoological Journal of the
Linnean Society. 48: 1-74
Other photos of Hypselodoris yarae :
| More photos from Indian Ocean
Hypselodoris maculosa with large red-orange band, at Sakouli, by
maculosa with "reddish tongues", at Passe en S, by Rozenn Gildas
Madagascar, try to
found the seaslug, at Nosy Bé, by Alain-Benoît Rassat