Limenandra fusiformis    (Baba, 1949)

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This species has been observed on Reunion, Mauritius and Madagascar Islands


Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Aeolidioidea
Family : Aeolidiidae
Distribution : Indo West Pacific
Maximal size : 50-60 mm
Abundance : Seldom if ever on the fore reef zone


Species characteristics :

Body colour is pale brown with large yellow spots over the dorsum

The dorsal surface of the body from head to tail has series of concentric circles that are, from outside to inside, yellow, pale brown and white in the centre.

The cerata are moderately long, fusiform and rounded. Some cerata are noticeably longer than the rest. Their tips are sharply recurved inwards. The cerata have the same colour as the body colour covered by yellow spots, with white cnidosacs.

The rhinophores are ashy brown with small yellow spots. They are densely papillate on posterior side and the white apex is rounded.

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Photo Sully Bachel
Reunion, Ravine à Jacques, 9 m , 4 April 2010, size : 20 mm

See more about : Sightening and mating periods

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Hsini Lin
    In our specimens the coloration of the yellow spots all over the body is very pale yellow rather than yellow...
    Synonymous : (according worms)
                - Baeolidia fusiformis Baba, 1949 (original combinaison)

Bibliographic data :

The body is thin and slender, tapering close to the tail. The anterior margin of the foot is rounded. The foot corners are tentaculiform and have a deep groove across width.
    The number of the dorsal concentric circles depends on the size of the animal.
    The papillae present on the posterior side of the rhinophores are elongate, not uniform in size, and occasionally bifurcated
    The oral tentacles are elongate and longer than rhinophores
    Both oral tentacles and foot corners are brownish with opaque yellow patches.
    The cerata are arranged in up to fifteen rows, from just behind the rhinophores to the end of the foot, separated by a space. Each row contains 511 cerata, decreasing in size towards the foot
    When crawling the innermost cerata in the most posterior row of each ceratal cluster waves around, that makes it appear to 'jerk' along.
    See the very characteristic way (nudipixel) in which the large cerata closest to the midline are splayed out horizontally. The animal is not disturbed; this appearance is quite natural.

References :

Philippine sea slugs : Limenandra fusiformis
   Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Limenandra fusiformis
   Nudipixel Limenandra fusiformis

Publications :

Baba, K. (1949) Opisthobranchia of Sagami Bay . Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo. 211pp + pls.
    Leila Carmona, Marta Pola, Terrence M. Gosliner, & Juan Lucas Cervera. 2013 . The end of a long controversy : systematics of the genus Limenandra (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Aeolidiidae)

Other photos of Limenandra fusiformis :


 

 

 

Sully Bachel

Reunion, Ravine à Jacques, 9 m , 4 April 2010, size : 20 mm

 

The cerata are moderately long, fusiform and rounded. Some cerata are noticeably longer than the rest.


Yann von Arnim

Mauritius, Mahebourg Marine farm, 22 m, 16 December 2015, size : 40 mm

 

The oral tentacles(a) are elongate and longer than rhinophores(b)


 

 

 

Barbara Bini

Madagascar, Nosy bé, 26 m, size : 20 mm

This one is pretty odd !!!


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