October 30, 2006
From: Raymond Simpson
Concerning message #13997:
Regarding the unknown Janolus...
There are 3 described Caribbean species, of which "Caribbean Sea Slugs " recognizes 2 of them.
Janolus comis: gray with opaque white spots; cerate swollen with small tubercles; posterior end elongate; rhinophores irregularly lamellate.
J. costacubensis is considered a synonym of J. comis by this publication.
Janolus mucloc: Translucent with a white band down the midline; rhinophores lamellate with white tips; elongate, swollen cerata with white lines along their length and orange subapical spots and clear tips.
This species seems to be similar to J. mucloc (white mid-line band and white tips on rhinophores) but differs in having a much different ceratal pattern (yellow rings with a bordering orange band) and more inflated cerata (as opposed to elongate and pointed). I'd say it was an undescribed species until we get our hands on a specimen.
Thanks for your time,
P51MustNB@aol.comSimpson, R., 2006 (Oct 30) Re: Janolus sp. from North Carolina, USA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/17912
I agree. That's why I put it on the Forum 2 years ago as Janolus sp. 7.