Tambja cf. tenuilineata M. C. Miller & Haagh, 2005

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This species has been observed on Mauritius Island


Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Polyceroidea
Family : Polyceridae
Distribution : ???
Maximal size :
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

It ranges from green to yellow with black longitudinal lines which are usually sunken grooves.

The rhinophores are the same colour as the background colour except for the present of a dark region at the rhinophore tip which ranges from almost black to a lighter purple.

There a five or six gills which also have a background colour matching the body, and a dark or purplish tip,

tambja limaciformis
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Photo Yann Von Arnim
  Mauritius, Ferme marine de Mahebourg, 18 m, december 2011

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Nathalie Yonow
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
           - No other name

Bibliographic data :

In some specimens the black lines can be very indistinct or even absent
    The notum is not delineated from the side of the body with a brim however the head has a distinct ridge extending anteriorly around its edge from rhinophore to rhinophore.
    In some animals the gill lamellae can also be purplish or a darker almost black colour, giving the gills almost black edging
    The spawn is laid as a white spiral coil.
    Feeds on arborescent bryozoans

References :

Slugsite : Tambja tenuilineata
   Seaslug Forum Tambja tenuilineata

Publications :

 Miller, M. C.; Haagh, J. M. (2005). A new species of the dorid nudibranch genus Tambja Burn, 1962 (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia) from Australasia. Vita Malacologica. 3: 55-60
    Pola M., Cervera J.L. & Gosliner T.M. (2006) Taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of the genus Tambja Burn, 1962 (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Polyceridae). Zoologica Scripta 35(5):491-530

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