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Verconia sp. 05

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Verconia sp. 05

Author: Undescribed

Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Chromodorididae

Maximum Size: 15 mm

Sightings: Sunshine Coast

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Verconia sp. 05 Undescribed

This species had previously been placed in our Verconia romeri files since 2011. It is clearly not that species. It is most similar to the Verconia sp. 4 of NSSI-2 (page 175 LR).

Our Verconia sp. 05 is pink (purplish-red) with a thin white marginal band. The mantle carries large white spots submarginally that may equate to the defensive glands. The mantle surface is covered in a network of fine punctations. The rhinophores are bright red with a white base and a translucent stalk. The gills are translucent white with bright red edging.

This species also appears to be different to Verconia verconiforma.

This specimen was recorded at Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast on October, 2011.

David A. Mullins – September, 2021

References:
– Rudman, W. B. (1984). The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: a review of the genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 81: 115-273.

– Rudman, W. B. (1995). The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: further species from New Caledonia and the Noumea romeri colour group. Molluscan Research, 16: 1-43.

– Gosliner, T.M., Valdés, Á., Behrens, D.W. (2018). Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific – 2nd Ed. New World Publications, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

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