Phyllodesmium macphersonae (Burn, 1962) [Cratena]
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Phyllodesmium macphersonae is characterized by scattered minute brown spots
on most of the body, cerata and tentacles. The upper part of the cerata
is whitish/cream, often with a diffuse white/yellow band, and below this whitish
region is a diffuse bluish region. The oral tentacles and rhinophores are basally translucent with minute brown spots, then bluish/violet, and the outer third is a whitish/cream.
It rapidly drops off many of its cerata when disturbed
Like other members of the genus Phyllodesmium it is
what Bill Rudman calls
"Solar-powered Sea Slugs".
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How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2019), published 21 December 2019, Phyllodesmium macphersonae (Burn, 1962)