Marionia cf glama (Ruppel & Leuckart, 1828)

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This species has been observed on Mauritius Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Tritonioidea
Family : Tritiniidae
Distribution : Red sea, South africa, Kenya and Mauritius
Maximal size : 65 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The dorsum is sculptured with pustules.

The body color is almost iridescent in shades of blue, pale lilac and pale green. The pustules have a clearer coloration

The oral veil has simple digitiform processes

The rhinophores sheaths are flared and scalloped

The numerous gills are large and flexible, divided and subdivided to form a very feathery structure

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Photo Geoffrey Summers
Mauritius, Pointe d'esny, less 1 m, 15 July 2015

See more about : Sightening and mating periods

Remarks :

Identification proposed by Nathalie Yonow
    Synonymous : (according worms)
                - Tritonia glama Rüppell & Leuckart, 1828 (original combination)

Bibliographic data :

The rhinophore sheaths were trumpet-shaped with flared crenulate edges; the rhinophore stalk was translucent blue green to lilac, and the tufted club darker-coloured
    There are at least 12 very bushy gills on each side which alternate in size along each side. They also alternate in orientation, vertically and horizontally

References :

Nudipixel : Marionia glama
   Opistobranch of Eillat: Marionia glama

Publications :

Rüppell, E, & Leuckart, F.S. (1828-1831). Atlas zu der Reise im nördlichen Afrika von Eduard Rüppell. Neue wirbellose Thiere des rothen Meers . 15-47, Pl. 1-12
   Yonow, N. (2000). Red sea Opistobranch 4: The orders Cephalapsidea, Anaspidea, Notaspidea and Nudibranchia: Dentronotacea and Aelidacea. Fauna of arabia 18; 87-131

Other photos of Marionia cf glama :

Geoffrey Summers

Mauritius, Pointe d'esny, less 1 m, 15 July 2015

A specimen with a different coloration

Geoffrey Summers

Mauritius, Pointe d'esny, less 1 m, 12 January 2016


Two specimens with their probably spawn...


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