Aphelodoris gigas

Wilson, 2003

Aphelodoris gigas
Photographed by: Graham Abbott

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Dorididae
Species:Aphelodoris gigas

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #17311
This is an atypical individual in being dark all over.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #746
These animals from Indonesia are Aphelodoris but they cannot be Aphelodoris luctuosa because that species is endemic to New Zealand. I suppose they could be Aphelodoris gigas, one of only two named species in the tropical Indo-Pacific, because of the large hump in front of the gills, the white line up the anterior face of the rhinophores and the white apex to the rhinophores. However their general colouration and lack of an orange line to the mantle and foot suggest they could be a different, as yet undescribed, species. The only way to be really sure will be to make a comparative examination of the feeding organ (radula) and reproductive system.

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Aphelodoris gigas from Fremantle, Australia
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