Volvatella angeliniana Ichikawa, 1973

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This species has been observed on Reunion Island

Order : Sacoglossa
Superfamily :  Oxynooidea
Family : Volvatellidae
Distribution : West Pacific and Reunion Island
Maximal size : 8 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The mantle is translucent white with many large white patches, and the rhinophores are tipped with orange.

There is an orange band around the posterior `spout', and there can be an orange band at the anterior end of the mantle.

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Photo Alexandre Laporte
Reunion, Etang salé on the rocky coast, less 1 m, 16 February 2015

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Remarks :

  Synonymous (according worms):
              - No other name                

Bibliographic data :

The anterior corners of the head are extended into labial tentacles, bearing on their dorsal sides a pair of short, bright orange rhinophores. Eyes are clearly seen behind the bases of the rhinophores.
    The ovoid shell, has two orange bands, one on its anterior margin and the other on its spout; the rest of the shell is furnished with round white spots
    Etymology : The new species is just named after the first impression

References :

 Sea Slug Forum Volvatella angeliniana
     Okinawa Sea Slug Volvatella angeliniana
     Cataloging diversity in the sacoglossa Volvatella angeliniana

Publications :

Ichikawa, M. (1993). Saccoglossa (Opisthobranchia) from the Ryukyu Islands. Publications of the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory. 36(3): 119-139

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