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Dermatobranchus funiculus  Gosliner & Fahey, 2011

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Dermatobranchus funiculus 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 funiculus has distinctive glands at the mantle margin, looking like yellowish pimples, and a distinctive orange-red margin of the oral veil. It can be distinguished from other arminaceans by the background colour of the dorsum and the dorsal ridges, which is white to bluish or orange, and by its broad depressions between the ridges, which are covered with minute brown spots and have diffuse brown lines at their margins. There is one depression longitudinal on the median line, the other depressions angle towards the mantle margin along the sides of the notum on either side of the median depression.The oral veil is white with a broad orange submarginal band, at the margin is a thin reddish-brown line. The rhinophores bear longitudinal perfoliations, are white at the base, the main part is brownish-orange, the margins of the lamellae and the apices are opaque white. Its appearance is very variable, that is why it is 3 times in IPN:
as Dermatobranchus sp. 9 at page 311,
as Dermatobranchus sp. 18 at page 314, and
as Dermatobranchus sp. 21 at page 315: (very similar to the above pictures)
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs. Sea Challengers Natural History Books.
Gig Harbor, Washington. 426 pp.
This species was posted on 18 February 2011on these websites as Dermatobranchus sp. J  Genus: van Hasselt, 1824,
and changed on 29 July 2011into Dermatobranchus sp. 10  Genus: van Hasselt, 1824.
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2016), published 22 March 2016, Dermatobranchus funiculus  Gosliner & Fahey, 2011
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Dexiarchia/Dermatobranchus_funiculus.htm