Phyllaplysia lafonti (P. Fischer, 1870) [Dolabrifera]

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The colour of Phyllaplysia lafonti is described as very variable, but one distinctive feature of the written description and the accompanying drawing are the way the body coloration consists of concentric bands ['zones concentriques'] of lighter and darker pigmentation.
The identifification of the specimen pictures #3, #4, and #5 was confirmed by Dr. Richard C. Willan, he writes (pers. comment):
"Yes; it is Phyllaplysia lafonti. At present Phyllaplysia lafonti is interpreted be a circumglobal species, but I suspect genetics will show it to be a complex of closely-related and morphologically very similar species in different oceans. That is the same story as with (the former) Aplysia dactylomela and Dolabrifera dolabrifera."
This species was posted on 1 February 2011 at these websites as Phyllaplysia lafonti (Fischer P., 1870) [Dolabrifera],
IPN places it in the genus Petalifera, with the authority (Fischer, 1870).
I moved it into the genus into Petalifera because of IPN and kept the authority (Fischer, 1870) because of Sabelli et al. (1990).
I changed it again on 17 November 2011 into Phyllaplysia lafonti  Fischer, P., 1872 because
CLEMAM (Check List of European MArine Mollusca), gives the authority to Fischer P. 1872 , and does not mention "Fischer P., 1870",
I decided to follow WoRMS (World Register of Marine Species),
and changed it on 20 July 2018 back into Phyllaplysia lafonti (P. Fischer, 1870) [Dolabrifera].
Phyllaplysia lafonti is the type species of the genus Phyllaplysia.
Annotated Check-List of Mediterranean Marine Mollusks, Bruno Sabelli, Riccardo Gianuzzi-Savelli and Daniele Bedulli, Società Italiana di Malacologia, Editioni Libreria Naturalistica Bolognese, 1990
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs. Sea Challengers Natural History Books.
Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp.
MolluscaBase (2018). Phyllaplysia lafonti (P. Fischer, 1870). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=139599 on 2018-07-20
More information on Phyllaplysia lafonti are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2018), published 20 July 2018, Phyllaplysia lafonti (P. Fischer, 1870)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Aplysiida/Phyllaplysia_lafonti.htm


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