Dolabrifera edmundsi

Dolabrifera edmundsi (Rang, 1828)

Dolabrifera edmundsi @ Bom Bom Island, Principe by Peter Wirtz

Taxonomy
 

Superdomain

Biota  

 

Kingdom

Animalia  

 

Phylum

Mollusca  

 

Class

Gastropoda  

 

Subclass

Heterobranchia  

 

Infraclass

Euthyneura  

 

Subterclass

Tectipleura  

 

Order

Aplysiida  

 

Superfamily

Aplysioidea  

 

Family

Aplysiidae  

 

Genus

Dolabrifera  

 

Species

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).
Taxonomic note: 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)

Description

Biology

Etymology

  • 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.

Distribution

Known georeferenced records of the species: Dolabrifera edmundsi
Sources:
: OBIS
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: GBIF.ORG
: OPK
: VIMAR
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions

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.

Abundance

    Western Mediterranean:
    Eastern Mediterranean:
    Atlantic Ocean:

Videos

Dolabrifera dolabrifera by Ariane Dimitris

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Bibliography

Further reading

Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes (2012-2018) "Dolabrifera edmundsi" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 22/02/2015, Accessed: 20/04/2018 at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/bjojf)

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