Hypselodoris cf. maculosa from Sulawesi

March 24, 2000
From: Lindsay Warren

Dear Bill
This specimen was found by Dean Lea at 4pm on 7 July 1999 at a depth of 15m on filamentous algae on the lip of some dead foliose coral on Pulau Kaledupa  [Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia - Operation
].  Size:  5 mm.

The notum is pale cream with a bright blue marginal band to the mantle which is speckled with white.  Along the notum running down its length are thin broken white lines interspersed with dark blue patches. The foot which is a pale bluey lilac features random blue spots along the foot.  The rhinophores are lamellate, white with one horizontal orange band in the middle. The gills are translucent and white with a hint of orange.

Although it looked very similar to both Hypselodoris capensis and H. carnea,
the rhinophore bands did not match.  What do you think it might be?

All the best
Lindsay Warren


Warren, L., 2000 (Mar 24) Hypselodoris cf. maculosa from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2143

Dear Lindsay,
It is what we are calling Hypselodoris cf. maculosa for want of a better name. Terry Gosliner thinks it is a colour form of Hypselodoris maculosa and he may be right but I would like to see some anatomical evidence. See also the page showing the Chromodoris decora Colour Group.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Mar 24). Comment on Hypselodoris cf. maculosa from Sulawesi by Lindsay Warren. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2143

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