Hypselodoris skyleri  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson in Epstein et al., 2018

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Hypselodoris skyleri has been recently described, published on 14 September 2018. It is characterized by its translucent mantle with thin brown longitudinal lines, and with minute opaque white spots. At the mantle margin are diffuse bluish-purple spots with a darker spot in the center. The rhinophores are translucent white with three orange-red bands. The gills are white, near the axis translucent orange-red.
This species is as Hypselodoris sp. 5 in IPN at page 265.
Let me quote the description:" Body color opaque white with purple spots. Many of the spots are located in translucent circles on the notum. Gill and rhinophores tipped with red orange."
This species was posted on 15 August 2011 at these websites as Hypselodoris sp. 04  Genus: Stimpson, 1855.
I changed it on 25 September 2018 into Hypselodoris skyleri  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson, 2018
Let me quote Epstein et al. (2018) on the etymology:
"This species is named for author Rebecca Johnson’s son, Skyler (Sky) Rodgers."
Pretty similar are:
Hypselodoris katherinae  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson, 2018 which has also bluish spots at the mantle magin, and red longitudinal lines, it differs by the pinkish-white background colour, and by the rhinophores: translucent orange with a red patch at the base.
Hypselodoris sp. 06 which has also bluish spots at the mantle magin, it differs by the mottled background colour, and by translucent patches on the mantle near the rhinophores.
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
Sea Challengers Natural History Books. Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp.
Epstein, H. E.; Hallas, J. M.; Johnson, R. F.; Lopez, A.; Gosliner, T. M. (2018). Reading between the lines: revealing cryptic species diversity and colour patterns in Hypselodoris nudibranchs (Mollusca: Heterobranchia: Chromodorididae).
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2018, XX, 1–74. With 40 figures., available online at https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zly048
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 20 June 2020, Hypselodoris skyleri  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson in Epstein et al., 2018
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Hypselodoris_skyleri.htm


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