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Identification is verified by Dave Behrens, Nudi Pixel expert
Comment from the photographer: I assuming there is some disagreement about this one since I noticed Dr. Rudman called this one Hypselodoris bayeri on a Sept 5, 2008 message.
Comment from Vinicius Padula: It is clear that some Caribbean Hypselodoris currently are a big confusion. Trying to help I believe that I just inserted more doubts in this confusion. I believe that I'm wrong concerning my suggestion www.nudipixel.net/photo/00007293/. Hypselodoris olgae is really very similar to the pictures here presented, but there is a characteristic that looks to be diagnostic: the rhinophores. Hypselodoris olgae presents clear rhinophores with blue tips, what not occur in the specimens here illustrated, where they are completely blue. In my concern, Hypselodoris olgae is the Hypselodoris sp.5 from the Seaslugforum, with the exception of this one: www.seaslugforum.net/display.cfm?id=9824 that appears to be the same species that we have here. The question is what species is this? Maybe a color variation of Hypselodoris acriba or Hypselodoris bayeri. But who are Hypselodoris acriba and Hypselodoris bayeri? In my opinion, the concept of Hypselodoris acriba is good illustrated in www.seaslugforum.net/display.cfm?id=13672, having an ondulated mantle border without black patches. I do not have a good concept of the original description of Hypselodoris bayeri so I can't say so much. What appears (as Rudman commented) is that the original description fits with these pictures www.seaslugforum.net/display.cfm?id=13022. However, we don't know how these species can be variable concerning color patterns. My suggestion is that we call the specimens as Hypselodoris sp.
|Location:||Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles|
|Camera:||Olympus μ600 › View EXIF properties|
|Taken on:||September 1, 2008|
|Posted:||5 years ago|
|Updated:||5 years ago|
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