Phyllodesmium iriomotense  Baba, 1991

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Phyllodesmium iriomotense is characterized by a translucent whitish-pink body and delicately branched (out of the narrow main duct of the digestive diverticulum side branches coming at all directions) pinkish-yellow digestive glands in the translucent cerata, which have a bluish tinge. The outer third of the cerata is curved. Baba points out that this is the only member of the genus that is translucent and entirely colourless.
It was described from Iriomote Island at the southwestern end of the Ryukyus Archipelago, Japan.
There are only a few pictures of this species online, most of those on nudipixel are from Bali, Indonesia,
Robert F. Bolland has on his Okinawa Slug Site a picture from Okinawa, Japan, umiushi-zukan.com has 2 pictures from Indonesia without location given, this one looks very similar to this specimen.
More information on Phyllodesmium iriomotense are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2019), published 14 December 2019, Phyllodesmium iriomotense  Baba, 1991
available from https//www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Cladobranchia/Phyllodesmium_iriomotense.htm


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