Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 7 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 6 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 8 - 16
  Temperature range (°C): 25.301 - 28.400
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.075 - 0.184
  Salinity (PPS): 35.073 - 35.315
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.627 - 4.694
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.175 - 0.219
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.996 - 4.026

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 8 - 16

Temperature range (°C): 25.301 - 28.400

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.075 - 0.184

Salinity (PPS): 35.073 - 35.315

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.627 - 4.694

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.175 - 0.219

Silicate (umol/l): 0.996 - 4.026
 
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Genomic DNA is available from 5 specimens with morphological vouchers housed at Florida Museum of Natural History
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Phyllidia coelestis

Phyllidia coelestis is a species of sea slug, a sacoglossan, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusc in the family Phyllidiidae. [2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species occurs in the tropical Indo/West-Pacific. It lives on the external slope of coral reefs, on top of the reef and in the lagoon, also down to 30 m in depth. Found in the western Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Timor Sea and across the Indian Ocean to South Africa.

Description[edit]

This sea slug is up to 6 cm in length. The body is elongated and slug-shaped. The mantle has a grey-blue background color; the margin is covered with many small tubercles. Bigger tubercles that are yellow capped, run along the median line.

There are also three black longitudinal lines. Two of them are on each side of the mantle, and one on a median line ending on the anterior part as a "Y". This particular line shape constitutes a distinctive element to identify this species.

In this species the rhinophores possess lamellae, and are yellow in color.

Behaviour[edit]

This species is benthic and diurnal. Because of its aposematic colors, it is able to crawl around in the daylight to feed. Phyllidia coelestis has a diet based on sponges.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brunckhorst D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of phyllidiid nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum suppl. 16: 1-108.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2012). Phyllidia. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=138347 on 2012-06-07
  • P.L. Beesley, G.J.B. Ross & A. Wells,"Mollusca-The southern synthesis", vol.5,CSIRO,1998,ISBN 0-643-05756-0
  • David Behrens, "Nudibranch behaviour", Newworld Publication INC., 2005, ISBN 978-1878348418
  • Gary Cobb & Richard Willan, "Undersea jewels- a colour guide to nudibranchs", Australian Biological Resources Study, 2006, ISBN 0642568472
  1. ^ Brunckhorst D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of phyllidiid nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum suppl. 16: 1-108.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2012). Phyllidia. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=138347 on 2012-06-07
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