Mariaglaja alexisi (Gosliner, 2015) [Chelidonura]

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Mariaglaja alexisi is characterized by a black background colour and is densely covered with minute white spots, somehow similar to the chromodorid ‘Doriprismatica’ stellata (Rudman, 1986). It has like most species of the family Aglajidae  Pilsbry, 1895 a stubby right "tail' and a large fleshy left "tail".
Pretty similar are:
Chelidonura sandrana which has usually white and orange spots,
Chelidonura fulvipunctata which differs by white "W"-shaped mark on the head and
Mariaglaja inornata which differs by a broad white band across the front of the head-shield with a yellow or orange edge to the antero-lateral lobes, and
has the minute white spots only over the outer surface of the parapodia
This species was posted on 3 August 2012 at these websites as Chelidonura sp. 04  Genus: A. Adams, 1850, on 25 May 2015 changed
into Chelidonura alexisi  Gosliner, 2015, Zamora-Silva & Malaquias (2017) moved it as type species
into the new genus Mariaglaja  Zamora-Silva & Malaquias, 2017.
Andrea Zamora-Silva and Manuel António E. Malaquias Molecular phylogeny of the Aglajidae head-shield sea slugs (Heterobranchia: Cephalaspidea): new evolutionary lineages revealed and proposal of a new classification
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2017, XX, 1-51 available online at https://academic.oup.com/zoolinnean/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx064/4584517
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2021), published 13 March 2021, Mariaglaja alexisi (Gosliner, 2015)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Cephalaspidea/Mariaglaja_alexisi.htm


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