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  Depth range (m): 65.3901 - 65.3901
 
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Phyllidia babai

Phyllidia babai is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Phyllidiidae.[2]

The specific name babai is in honor of the Japanese malacologist Kikutaro Baba.

Distribution[edit]

This species has been found in North Sulawesi, Lembeh Strait, southern Queensland, Australia, South Korea and rarely on Okinawa.

Description[edit]

This nudibranch has a cream to light yellow colored dorsum with white tubercles in the center of black rings and the mantle finely edged in yellow. The clavus of each rhinophore has 21 to 24 lamellae, and the rhinophoral pocket is trimmed in white. Its white-colored, pointed, oral tentacles have lateral grooves, and they also are trimmed in yellow. The ventral surface is a pale cream color.[3]

Diet[edit]

This species feeds on the yellow sponge, Acanthella stipata.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brunckhorst, D.J. (1993). "The systematics and phylogeny of Phyllidiid Nudibranchs (Doridoidea)". Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 16: 1-107.
  2. ^ Bouchet P. & Rocroi J.-P. (Ed.); Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdes A. & Warén A. 2005. Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology, 47(1-2). ConchBooks: Hackenheim, Germany. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 397 pp. http://www.vliz.be/Vmdcdata/imis2/ref.php?refid=78278
  3. ^ Rudman, W.B. "Phyllidia babai". The Sea Slug Forum. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  4. ^ http://slugsite.us/bow/nudiwk55.html

Further reading[edit]

  • Coleman, N. (2001). 1001 nudibranchs, catalogue of the Indo-Pacific sea slugs. Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty. pp. 144 p. 
  • Colin, Patrick Lynn; Charles Arneson (1995). Tropical Pacific Invertebrates, a field guide to the marine invertebrates occurring on tropical Pacific coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves vii. Beverly Hills: Coral Reef Press. pp. 296 p. 
  • Debelois, H. (1996). Nudibranchs and sea snails Indo-Pacific field guide. IKAN Underwasserarchiv. p. 321. 
  • Fahrner, Alexander; Lothar A. Beck (2000). "Identification key to the Indo-Pacific species of the nudibranch family Phyllidiidae Rafinesque 1814, including the description of two new species (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia).". Archiv für Molluskenkunde 128 (1-2): 189–211. 
  • Gosliner, T.M.; D.W. Behrens & G.C. Williams (1996). Coral reef animals of the Indo-Pacific vi. Sea Challengers. p. 314. 
  • Marshall, J.G.; Richard C. Willan (1999). Nudibranchs of Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef. A survey of the Opisthobranchia (sea slugs) of Heron and Wistari Reefs. Leiden: Backhuys Publishers. p. 257. 
  • Masuda, Hajime (1999). "Nudibranchia pp. 89-136". Guide book to marine life. Tokai University Press. p. 404.  (in Japanese)
  • Nakano, Rie. Opisthobranchs of Japan Islands. Rutles Inc. p. 199.  (in Japanese)
  • Ono, Atsushi (1999). Opisthobranchs of Kerama Islands. TBS-Britannica Co. Ltd. p. 122.  (in Japanese)
  • Ono, Atsushi (2004). Opisthobranchs of Ryukyu Islands. Rutles Inc. p. 206.  (in Japanese)
  • Suzuki, Keiu (2000). Opisthobranchs of Izu Peninsula. TBS-Britannica Co. Ltd. p. 113.  (in Japanese)
  • Tonozuka, Takamasa (2003). Opisthobranchs of Bali and Indonesia. Hankyu Communications Co. Ltd. p. 115.  (in Japanese)
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