Plocamopherus margaretae

Valles & Gosliner, 2006

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Plocamopherus margaretae from Fakfak, Indonesia
Identification verified by Terry Gosliner
 

Identification is verified by Terry Gosliner, Nudi Pixel expert

Comment from Terry Gosliner: This is a full mature specimen of this species

Previous comment from Dr. Richard Willan: This rare dorid is characterised by the reddish pink background, with large and sparse black spots, and 3 pairs of lateral appendages of which only the last pair seems to possess light-emitting ‘globes’. Furthermore, the anterior body is significantly more dorso-ventrally flattened (like a Chromodoris) than any other member of Plocamopherus and the papillae around the anterior margin of the head are relatively very small. It was previously only known from two specimens – from Myanmar and the United Arab Emirates, so these specimens from Indonesia represents a significant new range extension into the tropical western Pacific Ocean.

Previous comment from Dr. Richard Willan: It’s new for me too! I don’t recognise this beautiful dorid at all. And neither have I ever heard of the name “Ceratosoma margaretae” – definitely that name is not published so far anywhere in nudibranch literature. So, I think it is wisest to post it on Nudi Pixel simply as Unidentified dorid.
 

Thanks to Marli Wakeling for suggesting identification for this species

Comment from the photographer: This has apparently only been seen once in Indonesia, of course it was in Lembeh! Now in the Fakfak!
 

Location:Fakfak, Indonesia
Photographer:Graham Abbott
Camera:Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T20View EXIF properties
Taken on:January 18, 2008
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Posted:9 years ago
Updated:8 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Polyceridae
Species:Plocamopherus margaretae