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Dermatobranchus caeruleomaculatus  Gosliner & Fahey, 2011

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Dermatobranchus caeruleomaculatus has recently been described, (published in February 2011) in:
Gosliner, Terrence M. & Fahey, Shireen J., 2011, Previously undocumented diversity and abundance of cryptic species: a phylogenetic analysis of Indo-Pacific Arminidae Rafinesque, 1814 (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) with descriptions of 20 new species of Dermatobranchus.
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2011 February; 161(2): 245–356.
This text is completely online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3073124/
Dermatobranchus caeruleomaculatus can be distinguished from other arminaceans by the whitish mantle with rows of small brown spots on it. The margins of the mantle, foot and oral veil are orange with bright blue spots - with a small dark blue/black spot in it.
It is Dermatobranchus sp. 12 in IPN at page 312:
Gosliner, T.M, D.W. Behrens & Á.Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs. Sea Challengers Natural History Books.
Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp.
This species was posted on 28 April 2004 at these websites as Armina sp. C,
on 1 December 2010 changed into Dermatobranchus sp. H, on 29 July 2011 changed changed into Dermatobranchus sp. 08,
and on 25 August 2011 changed changed into Dermatobranchus caeruleomaculatus  Gosliner & Fahey, 2011.
In this almost white specimen are the distinctive blue spots at the mantle margin very hard to see, that is why I posted it on 29 April 2004 as seperate species, Dermatobranchus sp. F.
I have posted more pictures of Dermatobranchus caeruleomaculatus than usual to show the variations in the appearance, from white to brownish-tan.
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2016), published 17 August 2016, Dermatobranchus caeruleomaculatus  Gosliner & Fahey, 2011
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Dexiarchia/Dermatobranchus_caeruleomaculatus.htm