Hypselodoris acriba from the Caribbean

October 24, 2000
From: Dave Behrens

Since several chromodorids from the eastern Pacific and Caribbean have been added to the Forum lately, may I add Hypselodoris acriba Marcus & Marcus, 1967. This specimen was collected on wreck "The Aquila" on Roatan, Honduras, in about 85 feet of water. The specimen was 60 mm in length.

The body is blue, covered with a fine yellow-gold mesh pattern. The rhinophores are brilliant purple-blue and the gills are gold. A wide marginal band of white to pink follows the highly ruffled mantle margin. The
very edge of the mantle has a thin yellow followed by red line. A series of irregular black spots occurs along the inner edge of the ruffled margin. The yellow mesh network occurs over the tail and hyponotum.

Like so many of the Marcus' scientific names, no one seems to know the derivation of the name acriba.

Dave Behrens


Behrens, D., 2000 (Oct 24) Hypselodoris acriba from the Caribbean. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3224

Thanks Dave,
Bill Rudman.