Hypselodoris whitei

(Adams & Reeve, 1850)

Also known as: Hypselodoris mouaci, Hypselodoris maridadilus

Hypselodoris whitei
Photographed by: Color Chen

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

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #15454
This species is clearly very variable across its wide range, as evidenced by the numerous names it has been given.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #261
This species was previously called by the names Hypselodoris mouaci (Pacific Ocean populations) and Hypselodoris maridadilus (Indian Ocean populations).

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #1459
Typical individuals. This species was previously called by the names Hypselodoris mouaci (Pacific Ocean populations) and Hypselodoris maridadilus (Indian Ocean populations).

Comment from Neville Coleman on photo #325
Not a common species by any measure of things, it is known from Indonesia, Okinawa, Hawaii , Papua New Guinea and Australia. It grows to 25 mm and feeds on sponges.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #167
A very pale coloured individual.

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Pictures of Hypselodoris whitei

Hypselodoris whitei from Hurghada, EgyptIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
Location: Hurghada, Egypt
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Similar Species

Hypselodoris emmae: The body is a pale cream or yellow with a purple or bluish border to both the foot and the mantle. there are three purple longitudinal lines on the mantle and four brownish lines which vary in intensity in different individuals. The gills and rhinophores are a brilliant reddish orange and in Pacific specimens there is a white tip to the rhinophores.

Hypselodoris whitei has a whitish background color with a reddish purple submarginal line around the mantle edge and a series of five longitudinal lines covering the rest of the mantle. These lines are usually very crooked and joined by a series of lateral connections, breaking the mantle into rows of slightly raised whitish regions. The rhinophores are orange to orange-red with a distinctive white tip and the gills are similarly coloured with white on the inside and usually at the tip of each gill.

Hypselodoris maridadilus is yellow, with a purple border to the foot and the mantle, and a series of five longitudinal purple lines. the gills and rhinophores are bright orange-red.

The lines in Hypselodoris nigrostriata are more or less oblique. In the very similar species, Hypselodoris zephyra the lines are parallel.

Hypselodoris emma from Ambon, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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