Felimare agassizii

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Felimare agassizii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Felimare
Species: F. agassizii
Binomial name
Felimare agassizii
(Bergh, 1894)[1]
Synonyms[2]
  • Chromodoris aegialia Bergh, 1904
  • Chromodoris agassizii Bergh, 1894 (basionym)
  • Hypselodoris aegialia (Bergh, 1904)
  • Hypselodoris agassizii (Bergh, 1894)

Felimare agassizii is a species of sea slug or dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.[3][2]

Distribution[edit]

This nudibranch is known from the Eastern Pacific Ocean from the Galapagos Islands to Mexico.

Description[edit]

Hypselodoris agassizii has a black body flecked all over with yellow spots. The upper dorsum has a series of larger white spots running longitudinally. The mantle is edged with a green-yellow-green band, its gills are a translucent gold colour tipped with black and its rhinophores are black. This species can reach a total length of at least 100 mm.[3]

Ecology[edit]

The diet of Felimare agassizii was studied by Verdín Padilla et al. (2010)[4] on the Pacific coast of Mexico. By examining the stomach content and feces, they found that this species feeds on demosponges and exhibits diet of nine species: Mycale psila, Mycale sp., Haliclona caerulea, Cliona californiana, Cliona papillae, Pione mazatlanensis, Tethya taboga, Geodia media and Dysidea uriae.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergh, R. (1894) Reports on the dredging operations off the West Coast of Central America to the Galapagos, to the West Coast of Mexico, and in the Gulf of California, in charge of Alexander Agassiz, carried on by the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer "Albatross", during 1891, Lieut. Commander Z.L.Tanner, U.S.N., Commanding. XIII. Die Opisthobranchien. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 25(10): 125-233.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Felimare agassizii. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=597514 on 2012-05-01
  3. ^ a b Rudman, W.B., 2000 (February 22) Hypselodoris agassizii (Bergh, 1894). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  4. ^ a b Verdín Padilla C. J., Carballo J. L. & Camacho M. L. (2010). "A qualitative assessment of sponge-feeding organisms from the Mexican Pacific Coast". Open Marine Biology Journal 4: 39–46. PDF

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