Thecacera picta
Baba, 1972

Order: NUDIBRANCHIA
Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Polycerinae

DISTRIBUTION

Originally recorded from Japan, and since from northwestern Australia. Records in the Forum from the Indian Ocean [Maldives] and various islands in tropical western Pacific.

PHOTO

UPPER: Ashmore Reef, Kimberley region, northwestern Australia. LOWER: Cartier Island, Kimberley region, northwestern Australia. PHOTOS: Clay Bryce.

These photos provided by Clay Bryce, Western Australian Museum to show the range of colour variation in Western Australia. See message below asking whether this shows that T. vittata is a synonym.

Reference:
• Baba, K. (1972). Thecacera picta spec. nov. from Suruga Bay, Japan (Nudibranchia: Doridoidea: Polyceridae). The Veliger, 15(2): 88-90

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1998 (November 13) Thecacera picta Baba, 1972. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/thecpict

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