Phyllodesmium sp. 3

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Aeolidioidea
Family : Facelinidae
Distribution : Western Indian Ocean
Maximal size : 65 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Notum and cerata translucent white with opaque white dots and bluish coloration in some specimens

Smooth rhinophores and oral tentacles translucent white wit sometimes basal bluish coloration and distal yellow tips.


Phyllodesmium sp3
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Photo Barbara Bini
Madagascar, Nosy Bé, 22 m, 20 October 2015, size : 40 mm

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Hsini Lin
   Similar to Phyllodesmium sp 3 from Western Indian Ocean in Nudibranch and Sea Slug identification from Indo Pacific, Gosliner, Valdés and Behrens, 2015
   Looks like also to Phyllodesmium magnum but the cerata are cylindrical not flattened and the tip rounded not bluntly pointed like in P. magnum. And according Gosliner, the jaw ornementation and radula of that species are radically different from P. magnum

Other photos of Phyllodesmium sp. 3 :

Barbara Bini

Madagascar, Nosy bé, 12 m, size : 30 mm

Barbara Bini

Madagascar, Nosy bé, 12 m, size : 15 mm


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