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Ardeadoris angustolutea

Ardeadoris angustolutea is a species of colorful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.[2] It was transferred to the genus Ardeadoris on the basis of DNA evidence.[3]

Distribution[edit]

This species was described from Ruby Reef, 15°43′59″S 145°46′59″E / 15.733°S 145.783°E / -15.733; 145.783 Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. It occurs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific regions, with confirmed sightings from the Philippines, Thailand, Guam, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands.[4]

Description[edit]

The mantle in this species is an almost translucent white in color. The mantle border ranges in color from opaque white to orange-yellow. The midline of the body has a more opaque line that runs from the rhinophores to the posterior branchia (gills). The rhinophores and branchia have an orange-brown tint.

Ecology[edit]

The exact food source for this sea slug is not yet known but the type specimen was found on a purple sponge species which is probably its food.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rudman W.B. (1990) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: further species of Glossodoris, Thorunna and the Chromodoris aureomarginata colour group. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 263-326 page(s): 291
  2. ^ a b WoRMS, World Register of Marine Species
  3. ^ Johnson R.F. & Gosliner T.M. (2012) Traditional taxonomic groupings mask evolutionary history: A molecular phylogeny and new classification of the chromodorid nudibranchs. PLoS ONE 7(4): e33479
  4. ^ a b Rudman, W.B., 1999 (October 17) Noumea angustolutea Rudman, 1990. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  • Debelius, H. & Kuiter, R.H. (2007) Nudibranchs of the world. ConchBooks, Frankfurt, 360 pp. ISBN 978-3-939767-06-0 page(s): 206
  • Gosliner, T.M., Behrens, D.W. & Valdés, Á. (2008) Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and seaslugs. A field guide to the world's most diverse fauna. Sea Challengers Natural History Books, Washington, 426 pp. page(s): 243


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