Dolabrifera edmundsi (Rang, 1828)
Dolabrifera edmundsi @ Bom Bom Island, Principe by Peter WirtzTaxonomy
Dolabrifera edmundsi Valdés, Breslau, Padula, Schrödl, Camacho, Malaquias, Alexander, Bottomley, Vital, Hooker & Gosliner, 2017
| ||Classification according to Bouchet et al. (2017)|
Taxonomic source: World Register of Marine Species (AphiaID: 1053449).
: Originally described in the literature as Dolabrifera dolabrifera
(Rang, 1828), a series of molecular and morphological studies of freshly collected specimens, as well as a review of the literature and the type specimen, indicate that Dolabrifera dolabrifera
is a complex of five species of genetically different taxa. The name Dolabrifera dolabrifera
is preserved for the species found in the tropical Indo-Pacific. Dolabrifera nicaraguana
is endemic to the Eastern Pacific. Dolabrifera ascifera
, D. virens
and this species Dolabrifera edmundsi
n. sp. are restricted to the tropical Atlantic, with distribution ranges partially overlapping in the Caribbean region and Saint Elena. The temperate Pacific species Dolabrifera brazieri
is also distinct and endemic in the temperate regions of southeastern Australia and New Zealand. These species of Dolabrifera
constitute highly divergent lineages and most contain unique internal anatomical features, particularly in the male reproductive morphology and the shape of the inner shell, which makes them relatively easy to identify by dissection. However, externally all these species are extremely variable in their chromatic pattern and morphology, so they are practically indistinguishable “de visu”, something particularly problematic in the Atlantic ocean, because there are three sympatric species in the Caribbean. (Valdés et al., 2017)
- Dolabrifera. From Latin “dolabra”, two sided tool like an ax or hatchet + “fero”, to bring, to carry.
- Edmundsi. In honor to Malcolm Edmunds, distinguished English taxonomist specialized in opistobranchs, sadly deceased on January 2017.
References for the species: Dolabrifera edmundsi
Canarias: Martínez Cueto-Felgueroso (1995), Malaquias and Calado (1997), Ortea et al. (2001, 2003), Moro et al. (2003).
Madeira: Ledoyer (1967, as ? Phyllaplysia depressa), Wirtz (1995a,b), Malaquias and Cervera (unpubl. data).
Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007 & 2016, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.
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Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes (2021) "Dolabrifera edmundsi" in OPK-Opistobranquis. Published: 22/02/2015. Accessed: 16/06/2021. Available at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/bjojf)