Carminodoris boucheti

Carminodoris boucheti (Ortea, 1979)

Carminodoris boucheti by Manuel Ballesteros

Taxonomy
 

Superdomain

Biota  

 

Kingdom

Animalia  

 

Phylum

Mollusca  

 

Class

Gastropoda  

 

Subclass

Heterobranchia  

 

Infraclass

Euthyneura  

 

Subterclass

Ringipleura  

 

Superorder

Nudipleura  

 

Order

Nudibranchia  

 

Suborder

Doridina  

 

Infraorder

Doridoidei  

 

Superfamily

Doridoidea  

 

Family

Discodorididae  

 

Genus

Carminodoris  

 

Species

Carminodoris boucheti  Ortea, 1979

 
 Classification according to Bouchet et al. (2017)
Taxonomic source: World Register of Marine Species (AphiaID: 140790).
Description
The coloration of the animal may be yellow or orange but always features a brown middorsal stripe that runs from the gill area to the inter-rhinophoric area and above it there is a thin white line that also surrounds the sheath even behind the gills. The back is “peppered” with small whitish spots corresponding to small conical tubercules fitted with tiny spicules inside. The mantle is also very spiculous. The rhinophores are semitransparent at its base while the laminar zone is soft brown; the rhinophoric hole is surrounded by 15 to 17 small whitish conical papillae. The gill comprises 6 to 8 yellowish tripinnate branchial leaves and, when they are extended, they remain vertical and very tight together. The sheath surrounding the branchial leaves has an only slightly raised edge, and also has some small white pigmented tubercules, resulting in the typical white collar around the gills. The foot is orange and the mouth has a pair of digitiform semitransparent palps.

Biology
This is an small size (up to 22 mm in length) doridacean that can be found below stones in the Costa Brava, often well camouflaged on encrusting sponges like Hymeniacidon perlevis (formerly known as H.sanguinea) of which it apparently feeds on. The spawn consists of an orange ribbon of about 3 mm in height and 3-5 tightly wound turns of about 10 mm in diameter. The eggs are about 100 microns of diameter and are laid 8-9 widthwise in the ribbon.

Etymology

  • Carminodoris. From medieval Latin “carminium”, from arab “qirmiz”, ‘red’, and this from Sanskrit “krimiga”, “made by insects”, from “krmi”, “vermin, insect”. The latin word was influenced by “minium”, “minium, cinnabar, presumedly of Iberian origin.
  • Doris, in Greek mythology, wife of Nereo, nymph of the waters and mother of Nereids.
  • Boucheti. Dedicated to Philippe Bouchet (1953-), French malacologyst at the Natural History Museum in Paris.

Distribution
This newly described species distribution is limited so far to the Asturian waters where the first specimens were collected, the area of ​​the Strait of Gibraltar and some localities of the Italian coast. In Catalan waters it has been found in Cala Sant Francesc (Blanes) and in some locations of the Cap de Creus, like Portlligat (Cadaqués). Therefore it is a very scarce species.

Known georeferenced records of the species: Carminodoris boucheti
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: Carminodoris boucheti

    Galicia: Ortea (1979a), Ortea (1980a), Fernández-Ovies (1981). Gibraltar: Sánchez-Santos (pers. comm.). Catalunya: Ballesteros (1980, 1985), Ballesteros & Ortea (1981), Cervera et al. (1988), Domènech et al. (2002), Ballesteros (datos no publicados) [Cala Sant Antoni].

    Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007 & 2016, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.

Abundance

    Western Mediterranean:
    Eastern Mediterranean:
    Atlantic Ocean:

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Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes (2012-2018) "Carminodoris boucheti" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 27/08/2012, Accessed: 23/09/2018 at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/Dctf6)

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