Hypselodoris iacula  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson, 1999

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Hypselodoris iacula has pinkish-white body with a broad scalloped orange/red mantle margin, interrupted by opaque white spots. At the apex of each scallop is a diffuse purple spot. The dorsum is covered by a network of opaque white lines. The rhinophores and gills are orange.
Pretty similar is Hypselodoris purpureomaculosa which differs by its burgundy to purple spots, by its white body, and has an orange mantle margin which is not scalloped.
This species was posted on 4 January 2011 at these websites as Hypselodoris iacula  Gosliner & Johnson, 1999.
It is a convention in malacology to use the first initials of authors with the same family name to distinguish between them,
that is R.F. Johnson for Rebecca Fay Johnson and S. Johnson for Scott Johnson. I changed the authorship on 8 May 2016.
The specimen of the picture #9 was identified by Dr. Richard C. Willan as a juvenile of Hypselodoris iacula, thanks! Because of that I realized that the specimen of the picture #10 had been misidentified as Hypselodoris purpureomaculosa, I changed it on 6 January 2020.
More information on Hypselodoris iacula are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 8 June 2020, Hypselodoris iacula  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson, 1999
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Hypselodoris_iacula.htm


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