Hypselodoris peasei
(Bergh, 1880)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Known only from Hawaiian Islands of Oahu & Maui.


PHOTOS Scott Johnson

This species has a confused nomenclatural history. Originally named Doris prismatica var. lineata Pease, 1860, and renamed Chromodoris peasei by Bergh (1880), it has more recently been described as Hypselodoris andersoni by Bertsch & Gosliner (1989). It is endemic to Hawaii, and grows to about 20mm in length. Characteristic features of its colour pattern, differentiating it from other white-lined hypselodorids include the two orange bands on the rhinophores, orange line on gills, and the violet border to mantle and foot. Some animals also have small blue spots on the mantle and brownish pink patches near the mantle edge. See Scott Johnson's message for a description of its natural history, and my message for a discussion of its nomenclatural confusion with Hypselodoris bertschi.

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See original description of Dorisprismatica lineata & C. peasei below.

•Johnson, S. (1983) Distribution of two nudibranch species on a subtidal reef on the western shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The Veliger, 25(4): 356-364.
•Bertsch, H. & Gosliner, T.M. (1989) Chromodorid nudibranchs from the Hawaiian Islands. The Veliger, 32(3): 247-265.
•Gosliner, T.M. & Johnson, R.F. (1999) Phylogeny of Hypselodoris (Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) with a review of the monophyletic clade of Indo-Pacific species, including descriptions of twelve new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125: 1-114.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (February 4) Hypselodoris peasei (Bergh, 1880). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/hypspeas

Related messages

  1. Re: Original description & identity of Hypselodoris peasei
    From: Ron Velarde, February 12, 2000
  2. Re: Identity of Hypselodoris peasei
    From: Terry Gosliner, February 12, 2000
  3. Original description & identity of Hypselodoris peasei
    From: Bill Rudman, February 10, 2000
  4. Hypselodoris 'andersoni' from Hawaii
    From: Scott Johnson, February 10, 2000

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