March 5, 2005
From: Armando de Luca Jr
This species, Hypselodoris picta lajensis, is found in the south-east states of Brazil (Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states).
Locality: Laje de Santos Marine State Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Atlantic Ocean. Depth: 15 metres. Length: 25 mm. 28 December 2004. Rock bottom. Photographer: Armando de Luca Jr.
Armando de Luca Jr.
firstname.lastname@example.org Luca, Armando, 2005 (Mar 5) Hypselodoris picta lajensis from Brazil. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13279
Thanks for this record of this very spectacular chromodorid. I see your photo was taken at Laje de Santos, which is where the type specimen of this subspecies was found, and which gave it its name lajensis.
There is some discussion at present about whether all the 'forms' of Hypselodoris picta are really one species. It would be very valuable to know just what sponge each of the 'forms / subspecies' preferred as food and what their egg ribbons looked like, so if you ever have a chance to photograph them feeding or laying eggs, the photos would be very welcome on the Forum