Mexichromis macropus

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Mexichromis macropus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Infraclass: Euthyneura
Order: Nudibranchia
Suborder: Doridina
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Mexichromis
Species:
M. macropus
Binomial name
Mexichromis macropus
Rudman, 1983[1]

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

Distribution[edit]

This species is recorded from temperate and subtropical Australia including SW Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.[3]

Description[edit]

Mexichromis macropus has a mantle border decorated with radially arranged orange or yellow-orange stripes rather than spots, as in Mexichromis katalexis or continuous lines as in Mexichromis mariei. The mantle ranges in colour from white to pink-purple and has scattered pointed papillae tipped in purple.[3]

Ecology[edit]

This species feeds on a sponge in the genus Dysidea.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rudman W.B. (1983) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris splendida, C. aspersa and Hypselodoris placida colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 78: 105-173.
  2. ^ MolluscaBase (2018). Mexichromis macropus Rudman, 1983. Accessed on 2019-01-22.
  3. ^ a b c Rudman, W.B., 1999 (January 16) Mexichromis macropus Rudman, 1983. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.