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Identification is verified by Richard Willan, Nudi Pixel expert
Comment from Richard Willan: This is an interesting photo that I am pretty sure the individual is Hypselodoris infucata based on mantle, rhinophoral, and gill coloration. The only inconsistency is the two front gills which seem to be triangular (normally all the gills in Hypselodoris infucata are diamond-shaped, in contrast to Hypselodoris kanga where all are triangular). However, this apparent triangular shape in just these two gills may be an artefact of the way these gills are positioned in the photo. It would be nice to see another photo of this individual from a different angle.
Having said that, I must add that Debelius & Kuiter have clearly got some identifications wrong for this species group in Nudibranchs of the World and all the species (Hypselodoris infucata, Hypselodoris obscura, Hypselodoris saintvincentius, Hypselodoris festiva, Hypselodoris kanga) are nowhere nearly as sharply delimited as they make out (in other words there is much greater intraspecific variation in colour pattern than this text would suggest), so it is not an infallible reference source. In particular, on page 127 the centre left photo shows an individual in the act of feeding from Bali that is Hypselodoris kanga and not Hypselodoris infucata.
Previous comment from Dr. Richard Willan: A juvenile individual.
Comment from Dustin: I am currently trying to ID my shots of this same nudi taken in Lembeh. Currently I am working from Debelius & Kuiter Nudies of the World and web searches. It appears to be Hypselodoris infucata based on characteristics of the gills. The distinctly orange gills and rhinopores, rhinopores lacking purple, and gills lacking any visible yellow spots seems to indicate it is not Hypselodoris Kanga?
|Camera:||Nikon D200 › View EXIF properties|
|Taken on:||October 27, 2007|
|Posted:||9 years ago|
|Updated:||9 years ago|
Nudi Pixel Nudibranch Photo of the Week
Period: February 03, 2008 - February 09, 2008
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