Stiliger ornatus Baba, 1949

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Sacoglossa
Superfamily : Limapontioidea
Family : Limapontiidae
Distribution : Indo West Pacific
Maximal size : 10 mm
Abundance : Seldom if ever...

Species characteristics :

Stiliger ornatus is characterized by its pale greenish-orange body, and by the orange and black bands on the cerata. The cerata are basally of the same colour as the body, followed by an orange band, then a broad black (in some specimens black and blue) medial band, then again an orange band, the outmost tip is black

The rhinophores are black with a dorsal pale orange stripe, fading into black towards the tip.

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Photo Jacques Vieira
Madagascar, Nosy bé, Sakatia, 16 m, size : 10 mm

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Remarks :

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

Bibliographic data :

The original description of Stiliger ornatus is from the Red Sea, now there are records from the whole Indo-Pacific, from Mozambique to Japan.
    Feeding on Codium sp

References :

Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Stiliger ornatus
   Medslug Stiliger ornatus
   Philippines SeaSlug Stiliger ornatus

Publications :

Baba.K. & Hamatani, I. (1970) Occurrences of specimens presumably identifiable with Stiliger ornatus Ehrenberg, 1831, at Seto, Kii, Middle Japan. Publications of the Seto Marine Laboratory, 18(3) : 199-206
    Ehrenberg, C.G. (1828 pls, 1831 text) Symbolae physicae seu icones et descriptiones animalium evertebratorum sepositis insectis quae ex itinere per Africam Borealem et Asiam Occidentalem - novae aut illustratae redierunt. Decas 1 Mollusca

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