April 18, 2000
From: Yasuhiro Shirai
This animal's body color and gills are orange. Could you please identify this animal for me.
Location: Kushimoto Japan
Water temperature: 15C
Date 11 March 2000
Crawling on rock.
firstname.lastname@example.orgShirai, Y., 2000 (Apr 18) Siraius immonda from Japan. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2276
I identify this animal as Siraius immonda Risbec. It is the same animal that has recently been identified as Siraius nucleola. Specimens from Australia (Willan & Brodie, 1993) are usually a yellow or orange colour, but Baba has reported animals from Japan which range in colour from yellow to blue green. (see References at Top of Page).
I have included [far right] a copy of Risbec's illustration (1928: Plate 1, fig 4) of a species he named Platydoris immonda from New Caledonia, which is clearly the same species. I have put a photo of an animal from New Caledonia at the Top of the Page. The name suggested by Willan & Brodie (1993) and used by Baba (1993), is based on a species described by Pease (1860) from Hawaii, Doris nucleola, the description of which was not illustrated, and makes no mention of the characteristic markings in the dorsal midline. The paintings [Fig 10, 11 on right] are Andrew Garrett's, subsequently published by Bergh (1881: Plate G), of the animal described by Pease.
I think the earliest recognisable name for this species is Platydoris immonda Risbec, 1928. I have followed earlier authors in placing it in the genus Siraius but am not sure whether an exhaustive review of the dorid genera would agree with that decision.
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