Mexichromis mariei

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Mexichromis mariei
Mexichromis mariei.jpg
A pair of Mexichromis mariei mating
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. mariei
Binomial name
Mexichromis mariei
(Crosse, 1872)[1]
Synonyms
  • Chromodoris mariei (Crosse, 1872)
  • Chromodoris sannio Bergh, 1890
  • Doridopsis mariei (Crosse, 1872)
  • Glossodoris mariei (Crosse, 1872)
  • Goniodoris mariei Crosse, 1872 (original combination)

Mexichromis mariei is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.[2][3]

Distribution[edit]

Originally described from New Caledonia this species is widespread in the central Indo-Pacific Ocean.[4] Animals from Japan may represent related species.

Description[edit]

Mexichromis mariei has a white to pale pink mantle with scattered rounded pink-purple tubercles. The original description describes red spots around the edge of the mantle but there is usually a yellow band which may be slightly broken into patches. The gills are pale pink with a purple line on the exterior rachis. The rhinophores grade from pale pink to purple at the tips.[4]

Ecology[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crosse H. (1872). Description d'un genre nouveau, et d'espèces inédites, provenant de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Journal de Conchyliologie. 20: 148-154, page(s): 153, pl. 7 fig. 5
  2. ^ MolluscaBase (2018). Mexichromis mariei (Crosse, 1872). Accessed on 2019-01-22.
  3. ^ 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. page(s): 151
  4. ^ a b Rudman, W.B., 1999 (January 16) Mexichromis mariei (Crosse, 1872). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.