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Dendrodoris arborescens (Collingwood, 1881) (Mollusca: Nudibranchia): larval characteristics reveal a masked porostome species

Brodie, Gilianne D. and Calado, G. (2006) Dendrodoris arborescens (Collingwood, 1881) (Mollusca: Nudibranchia): larval characteristics reveal a masked porostome species. Records of the Western Australian Museum, NA (69). pp. 119-126. ISSN 0312-3162

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    Abstract

    The nudibranch Dendrodoris arborescens (Collingwood, 1881) has hitherto been (1) mistaken for the sympatric species D. nigra (Stimpson, 1855), which is similar in appearance; or (2) considered as a colour form of D. fumata(Rüppell and Leuckart, 1828). However, our investigations linking larval form, morphology and colour pattern, clearly show that D. arborescens is a separate valid species with its own set of unique characteristics. This result increases the number of Dendrodoris species known from Australian to thirteen, highlights the useful nature of larval features to species identification and contributes to the resolution of a previously confusing species complex.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Supplement number 69.
    Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2006 14:25
    Last Modified: 16 May 2013 12:17
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3493
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