Hypselodoris picta tema from Senegal

April 18, 2003
From: Marina & Patrice

Dear Bill,
Here is another species from Dakar, Senegal.
I have never seen specimens like this, but according to general shape I think it is a colour form of Hypselodoris picta. I would like to have your opinion on it.

These photos were taken by Patrice in April 1999.
Upper Photo: Site : Almadies; Depth: 14m
Lower Photo: Site : Madeleine Isles; Depth: 12m

Best wishes,
Marina Poddubetskaia
Patrice Petit de Voize


Dear Marina & Patrice,
This is an animal that Malcolm Edmunds (1981)described from Ghana as Hypselodoris tema. Ortea et. al. (1996) consider it to be a subspecies of Hypselodoris picta, and so call it Hypselodoris picta tema. The relationship between all the colour forms of H. picta are still not clear to me but I am putting this on a separate subspecies page. It is certainly an interesting find. The lower photo matches a photo from Ghana in Ortea et. al. (1996 - Fig 10F)

• Edmunds, M. (1981) Opisthobranchiate Mollusca from Ghana: Chromodorididae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 72(2): 175-201.
• Ortea, J., Valdés, A. & and García-Gómez, J.C. (1996) Revisión de las especies atlánticas de la familia Chromodorididae (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) de grupo cromático azul. [Review of the Atlantic species of the family Chromodorididae (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) of the blue chromatic group.] Avicennia, 1996, Suppl. 1: 1-165.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Apr 18). Comment on Hypselodoris picta tema from Senegal by Marina & Patrice . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9657

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