Lomanotus vermiformis Eliot, 1908

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Dendronotoidea
Family : Lomanotidae
Distribution : Circumtropical
Maximal size : 30 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

White with brown pigment and a serie of opaque white longitudinal curves lines (not visible in this photo)

Lateral appendages numerous and simple each tipped with an opaque white spot

Body long, worm-like



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Photo Alain-Benoît Rassat
Madagascar, Nosy bé, 7 m, 4 September 2017, size : 20 mm


Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Lindy Warren
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
         -) Lomanotus stauberi, Clark & Goetzfried, 1976

Bibliographic data :

Extremely well camouflated along primary axis of its prey, the stinging hydroid : Macrophynchia philippina
    Members of Lomanotidae have elongate bodies and a serie of lobed lateral appendages. The appendages may be arranged in a continuous fashion or in one or two lobes of the notal margin.

References :

Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Lomanotus vermiformis
   Slugsite Lomanotus vermiformis

Publications :

Eliot, C.N.E. (1908) Reports on the marine biology of the Sudanese Red Sea XI. Notes on a collection of nudibranchs from the Red Sea. Journal of the Linnean Society. Zoology, 31 : 86-122
    Willan, R.C. (1988) The taxonomy of two host-specific, cryptic dendronotoid nudibranch species from Australia, including a new species description. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 94 : 39-63.

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