Phyllodesmium sp. 4

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This species has been observed on Mayotte Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Dexiarchia
Superfamily : Aeolidioidea
Family : Facelinidae
Distribution : Kenya and Mayotte
Maximal size : 30 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Translucent with white pigmentation on the dorsum, rhinopores, oral tentacles and tips of the cerata

Cerata curved with hightly ramified cream digestive gland branches having dark brown tips visible all over the cerata


Phyllodesmium sp4
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Photo Emmanuelle Aigle
Mayotte, Bandrele, 16 m, 20 January 2011

Remarks :

Identification proposed by Marina Poddubetskaia
   Similar to Phyllodesmium sp 2 from Kenya in Nudibranch and Sea Slug identification from Indo Pacific, Gosliner, Valdés and Behrens, 2015

Other photos of Phyllodesmium sp. 4 :

Emmanuelle Aigle

Mayotte, Bandrele, 16 m, 20 January 2011

A group of several specimens with eggs masses (a) ???... Mating behavior ???

Yvon Gildas

Mayotte, passe en S, 9 m, 22 February 2010, size : 30 mm


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