Hypselodoris paradisa  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson in Epstein et al., 2018

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Hypselodoris paradisa is characterized by its translucent pink background colour, with series of rows of opaque white spots, dashes and interrupted lines. There is a distinct V-Shaped reddish mark present posterior to the rhinophores. The are black spots arranged in linear rows between white markings. The gills have a translucent white base and bright red–orange pigment on apical surfaces and outer margin. The rhinophore clubs are opaque white, with three red–orange transverse bands, the base of the rhinophores is translucent pink.
"Hypselodoris paradisa is named for the Greek word for paradise, referring to the tropical habitat of this species."
Pretty similar are:
Hypselodoris maculosa which differs by two orange bands on the rhinophore clubs,
Hypselodoris decorata which differs by an undulating brownish or purple mantle margin,
Hypselodoris yarae which differs by a broad orange marginal band, and
Thorunna australis which has a pale bluish or pink background colour, two longitudinal white lines, one on either side of the mantle and always one reddish band on the rhinophores.
The specimen of the picture #7 was misidentified and posted on 5 October 2018 at these websites as Thorunna cf. australis (Risbec, 1928) [Chromodoris],
I changed it on 15 September 2019.
Epstein, H. E.; Hallas, J. M.; Johnson, R. F.; Lopez, A.; Gosliner, T. M. (2018). Reading between the lines: revealing cryptic species diversity and colour patterns in Hypselodoris nudibranchs (Mollusca: Heterobranchia: Chromodorididae).
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2018, XX, 1–74. With 40 figures., available online at https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zly048
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 17 June 2020, Hypselodoris paradisa  Gosliner & R.F. Johnson in Epstein et al., 2018
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Hypselodoris_paradisa.htm


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