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Goniobranchus leopardus (Rudman, 1987) []

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Goniobranchus leopardus is characterized by leopard-like multiple spots, or marks, forming a hollow squarea, by a distinct purple line at the border of the mantle and by a wide mantle overlap. It is one of a group of similarly coloured species which Bill Rudman calls the "Hypselodoris tryoni colour group". They all have large purple or purple-brown spots or marks, usually ringed with white, an often reticulate brownish background, and a purple border:
Goniobranchus geminus which has four colour bands around the mantle edge: an outermost white, then translucent greyish purple, then white, then yellow. It has a wide mantle overlap.
Goniobranchus kuniei which has a broad purple line at the border of the mantle and a wide mantle overlap.
Hypselodoris tryoni which has high shape of the body with a reduced mantle overlap.
This species was posted on 25 April 2003 at these websites as Chromodoris leopardus  Rudman, 1987,
R.F. Johnson & Gosliner (2012) moved it to the reerected ("rescued from synonymy") genus Goniobranchus  Pease, 1866.
Reference:
Rebecca Fay Johnson & Terrence M. Gosliner. 2012.
Traditional Taxonomic Groupings Mask Evolutionary History:
A Molecular Phylogeny and New Classification of the Chromodorid Nudibranchs. online at
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0033479
More information on Goniobranchus leopardus as Chromodoris leopardus are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2017), published 4 May 2017, Goniobranchus leopardus (Rudman, 1987)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Euctenidiacea/Goniobranchus_leopardus.htm