Felimare kempfi

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Felimare kempfi
Felimare kempfi.png
Oblique left side view of Felimare kempfi.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Felimare
Species: F. kempfi
Binomial name
Felimare kempfi
(Ev. Marcus, 1971)[1]
  • Chromodoris kempfi Ev. Marcus, 1971 (Basionym)
  • Mexichromis kempfi (Ev. Marcus, 1971)

Felimare kempfi is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.[2]


This species has previously been placed in the genera Chromodoris Alder & Hancock, 1855 and Mexichromis Bertsch, 1977.[3] It was recently transferred to Felimare by Johnson & Gosliner in 2012.[4][3]


Distribution of Felimare kempfi includes Florida, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Panama.[3]


The body is elongate, narrow, with the posterior portion of foot extending slightly beyond the mantle margin.[3] Background color is bright blue with a thick yellow line around the mantle margin.[3] There is a central white line and a series of large black and white spots extend down the dorsum.[3] Rhinophores and gills are blue, branchial leaves are with black rachises.[3] It is up to 20 mm long.[3]


Minimum recorded depth is 6 m.[5] Maximum recorded depth is 37 m.[5]


This article incorporates Creative Commons (CC-BY-4.0) text from the reference[3]

  1. ^ Marcus Ev. du B.-R. (1971 ["1970"]). "Opisthobranchs from northern Brazil". Bulletin of Marine Science 20: 922-951. [Stated date: Dec. 1970; true date: 28 Jan. 1971]
  2. ^ a b Rudman W.B. (1984) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: a review of the genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 81 (2/3): 115-273. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=597528 on 2012-02-25
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Goodheart J. A., Ellingson R. A., Vital X. G., Galvão Filho H. C., McCarthy J. B., Medrano S. M., Bhave V. J., García-Méndez K., Jiménez L. M., López G. & Hoover C. A. (2016). "Identification guide to the heterobranch sea slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Bocas del Toro, Panama". Marine Biodiversity Records 9(1): 56. doi:10.1186/s41200-016-0048-z
  4. ^ Johnson R. F & Gosliner T. M. (2012). "Traditional taxonomic groupings mask evolutionary history: A molecular phylogeny and new classification of the chromodorid nudibranchs". PLoS One 7: e33479. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033479
  5. ^ a b Welch J. J. (2010). "The “Island Rule” and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rudman W.B. (1984) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: a review of the genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 81 (2/3): 115-273. page(s): 208
  • Debelius, H. & Kuiter, R.H. (2007) Nudibranchs of the world. ConchBooks, Frankfurt, 360 pp. ISBN 978-3-939767-06-0 page(s): 208
  • Turgeon, D.; Quinn, J.F.; Bogan, A.E.; Coan, E.V.; Hochberg, F.G.; Lyons, W.G.; Mikkelsen, P.M.; Neves, R.J.; Roper, C.F.E.; Rosenberg, G.; Roth, B.; Scheltema, A.; Thompson, F.G.; Vecchione, M.; Williams, J.D. (1998). Common and scientific names of aquatic invertebrates from the United States and Canada: mollusks. 2nd ed. American Fisheries Society Special Publication, 26. American Fisheries Society: Bethesda, MD (USA). ISBN 1-888569-01-8. IX, 526 + cd-rom pp.

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