Kaloplocamus sp. 01  Genus: Bergh, 1892

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Kaloplocamus sp. 01 is characterized by a translucent foot and mantle, with brownish-red spots or patches all over, and by a row of large highly ramified appendages at the edge of the mantle, which are basally translucent with a brownish tinge, the outer half is translucen whitish. The six branched papillae on the head shield or veil are pretty long, much longer than in Plocamopherus. The gills are translucent whitish, the rhinophores are basally translucent with a brownish tinge, the rhinophore clubs are white.
This species was misidentified and posted on 14 December 2011 at these websites as Kaloplocamus ramosus (Cantraine, 1835) [Doris], which has the same body colour, but differs by relatively short lateral and velar appendages, which are only moderately branched. I changed it on 31 March 2012 into
Kaloplocamus sp. 01  Genus: Bergh, 1892
Kaloplocamus ramosus was initially described from the Mediterranean Sea, and has since been reported from South Africa, West Africa, Japan, Eastern Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai'i.
Let me quote IPN at page 106: "This widespread species needs further study to determine whether it is a single species or a complex of several distinct ones."
Vallés & Gosliner (2006):"Distribution: This species is known from the Mediterranean Sea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Atlantic Ocean including Angola and South Africa."
Pretty similar, that is also with relative long appendages are:
Kaloplocamus sp. 02, which differs by clear appendages, with unbranched secondary papillae.
Kaloplocamus sp. 07, which differs by orange appendages, with clear branched secondary papillae.
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
Sea Challengers Natural History Books. Gig Harbor, Washington. 426 pp.
Vallés, Yvonne & Gosliner, Terrence. 2006. Shedding Light onto the Genera (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) Kaloplocamus and Plocamopherus with Description of New Species Belonging to These Unique Bioluminescent Dorids. The Veliger 48(3):178-205.
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 6 July 2020, Kaloplocamus sp. 01  Genus: Bergh, 1892
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Kaloplocamus_sp_01.htm


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