Glossodoris sp. 15
Locality: Mauritius, Indian ocean, reef Depth: 20 meters. Length: 90 mm. 25 June 2005. Photographer: Mathieu Bayon
Similar to G. cincta in colour but mantle border different.,Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (November 24) Glossodoris sp. 15 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/glossp15
November 25, 2005
From: Philibert Bidgrain
Reunion Island sea slugs.
In Reunion Island we have observed different specimens, which seem to be the same as the the Glossodoris cincta - like species from Mauritius, which you have called Glossodoris sp. 15.
In one specimen we can observed a bluish (outer), then black, then white (inner) bands on the mantle edge. It's look like the southwest Pacific form of G. cincta except for the inner band (whitish and not clearly yellow)
firstname.lastname@example.orgBidgrain, P., 2005 (Nov 25) Re: Glossodoris cincta? from Mauritius. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15354
It certainly looks the same as the Mauritius animal. It is possible that it is just a variant of G. cincta, but having been surprised a few times after dissecting animals of this colour group, I would not be surprised if it turned out to be a distinct species.
November 24, 2005
From: Mathieu Bayon
I would like to confirm an identification, is that Glossodoris cincta on the picture ?
Locality: Mauritius, Indian ocean, reef Depth: 20 meters. Length: 90 mm. 25 june 2005. Photographer: Mathieu Bayon
Bayon, M., 2005 (Nov 24) Glossodoris cincta? from Mauritius. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15341
This is another puzzling species of Glossodoris. It certainly seesm different from any of the colour forma of Glossodoris cincta, and in particular, the Indian Ocean form, with a distinct yellow and black mantle border. It also differs from some other Indian Ocean species with similar colour patterns such as G. gregorius, G. plumbea and more widespread species such as G. hikuerensis and G. pullata. I would need to look at its anatomy to make a judgement on whether it is a colour form of an existing species or something new. At present I will call it Glossodoris sp. 15