Hypselodoris kanga

Rudman, 1977

Hypselodoris kanga
Photographed by: Marco Waagmeester

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Chromodorididae
Species:Hypselodoris kanga

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #6764
with Ptaeraolidia traipsing across the back of the photo!

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #27741
A very small juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #14122
This is a typical Hypselodoris kanga

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #9056
An exceptionally (unusually) densely pigmented individual. The yellow spots on the front axis of the gills are extremely large and numerous. This is a superb photo.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #8672
The gills are clearly triangular in cross section.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #7103
This individual has its oral tube everted and is feeding on a purplish encrusting sponge.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #6162
Individuals displaying this colour form probably only occur in the Philippines.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #5494
It is definitely Hypselodoris kanga because of the structure of the gills (triangular in cross section). There are no spots on the gill’s axes, but the presence/absence of spots and number of such spots varies greatly between individuals in this species.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #4390
Note the characteristic triangular shape of the gills.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #4386
Note the characteristic triangular shape of the gills.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3009
A typical individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2578
The gills are clearly triangular in cross section and the two outer edges have sharp red lines in this individual, so it is a typical Hypselodoris kanga

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2512
The gills are clearly triangular in cross section in both these individuals and edged with sharp red lines, so no problems with either of them being Hypselodoris kanga even though the size and number of yellow spots are different.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2089
A typical individual from Indonesia. Note the gills are triangular in cross section, and edged in red (blue in other parts of the world) and with a row of yellow spots up the broad outer face.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #1982
The gills in this individual are definitely triangular in cross section, which means this animal isn’t the similar-looking Hypselodoris infucata. However, the gills of Hypselodoris kanga normally have red longitudinal stripes (blue in this individual) and some yellow/white spots on their axes (no white spots in this individual), but these differences are not enough to call it anything else than Hypselodoris kanga.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #643
A typical individual from Indonesia. Note the gills are triangular in cross section, and edged in red (blue in other parts of the world) and with a row of yellow spots up the broad outer face.

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Pictures of Hypselodoris kanga

Hypselodoris kanga from Perhentian, MalaysiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
Posted 9 years ago
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Hypselodoris kanga from Lembeh, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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Hypselodoris kanga from Lembeh, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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Hypselodoris kanga from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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Hypselodoris kanga from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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Hypselodoris kanga from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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Hypselodoris kanga from Bali, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Posted 9 years ago
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Hypselodoris kanga from Lembeh, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
Posted 9 years ago
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Hypselodoris kanga from Lembeh, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
Posted 9 years ago
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Hypselodoris kanga from Lembeh, Indonesia
Posted 8 years ago
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Hypselodoris kanga from Khao Lak, ThailandIdentification reviewed by Dave Behrens
Posted 8 years ago
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Hypselodoris kanga from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
Posted 8 years ago
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Similar Species

Author: Erwin Kodiat

To distinguish between Hypselodoris kanga and similar looking Hypselodoris infucata is by looking at the gills. If they are triangular in cross section, and edged in red (blue in other parts of the world) and with a row of yellow spots up the broad outer face, then it is Hypselodoris kanga. Otherwise it is Hypselodoris infucata

 
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