Dendrodoris sp.

Dendrodoris sp @ Delta de l'Ebre by Judith Camps Castellà

Description
Body coloured in red, yellow, orange, green, dark gray, brown or black, elongated and with a very wavy mantle margin. The specimens can show a uniform color or have pink, orange, reddish, brown or green spots all over the mantle. The edge of the mantle is slightly striated and the striations show a lighter colour shade than the body. The rhinophores are coloured like the body with the white pigmented apex. The gill is made up of 8 leaves coloured the same as the body, with the rachis of a lighter shade and the tips coloured white, surrounding the anal papilla. The ventral side of the body has no spots, which is a distinctive feature. The mouth does not have oral palps and, like all dendrodoridids, it has no radula.

Biology
It lives under stones from the intertidal to a few meters deep. The egg spawn is a white spiral coiled ribbon with eggs of about 80 microns in diameter. This is a new species not yet described.

Distribution
Misidentified with D. limbata or D. grandiflora, it is found in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and even Senegal. In Catalonia it has been found from Barcelona to Sant Carles de la Ràpita. It is very common in Cubelles but rare in other places.

Similar species
Dendrodoris limbata has a narrow orange margin and spots on the ventral part of the body. Dendrodoris grandiflora has a very broad, striated margin.

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Dendrodoris sp. by Pascal Girard

 

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Pontes, Miquel, Manuel Ballesteros, Enric Madrenas (2012-2020) "Dendrodoris sp." in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 13/04/2020, Accessed: 15/08/2020 at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/u3EZe)

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