Placida cf kevinleei McCarthy, Krug & Valdés, 2017  

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This species has been observed on Reunion and Mayotte Islands

Order : Sacoglossa
Superfamily : Limapontioidea
Family : Limapontiidae
Distribution : Kenya and Reunion
Maximal size : 8 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Rhinophores are cylindrical, enrolled, black with posterior white stripes from base to halfway up, leaving apices completely black

Body elongate, with numerous cylindrical
cerata with pointed apices covering most of the dorsum. Proximal half of cerata yellow-orange, distal half black.

Foot corners yellow


placida cf kevinleei
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Photo Christophe Cadet
Reunion, Hermitage lagoon, less 1 m, 28 December 2010, size : 4 mm

See more about : Sightening and mating periods

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Kathe Jensen and Hsini Lin
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
          - No other name

Bibliographic data :

Oral tentacles black.
    Head black with two yellow-orange patches, eyespots visible near base of yelloworange patches .
    The foot is yellow-orange from head to tail ventrally.Posterior end of foot is pointed, black dorsally.
    Etymology : This species is named in honor of Kevin Lee, adventurer, naturalist, and photographer. Kevin Lee has generously collected
and contributed important specimens, photographs, and other data for scientific research over the years. His capacity to overcome adversity and his resilience are an inspiration to many.

References :

Slug Site : Sea Slug Forum : Placida kevinleei
   SeaSlug of Hawaii Placida kevinleei

Publications :

McCarthy J.B., Krug P.J. & Valdés Á. (2017). Integrative systematics of Placida cremoniana (Trinchese, 1892) (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Sacoglossa) reveals multiple pseudocryptic species. Marine Biodiversity.

Other photos of Placida cf. kevinleei:



Christophe Cadet

Réunion,l'Hermitage lagoon, less 1 m, 29 Decembrer 2010, size : 5 mm





Frédéric Ducarne

Mayotte, Kani Kéli, "Piste de ski", 12 m, size : 3-4 mm


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