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Murphydoris puncticulata  Paz-Sedano, Smirnoff, Candás, Gosliner & Pola, 2022

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Murphydoris puncticulata has been recently described, published 14 March 2022. It is characterized by its whitish body, scattered with brownish-black spots, looking like a crescent just behind the rhinophores, and by a median black/brown patch in front of the rhinophores. The rhinophores, the gills, and the extrabranchial processes are translucent white. The picture of the approximately 1 - 2 mm specimen #1 is a cutout of the original picture.
This species is most likely as Goniodoridella sp. 7 in IPN at page 128, though specimen #1 seems to lack the median black patch in front of the rhinophores.
Pretty similiar is:
Murphydoris cobbi which differs by the black line running down from the 'crescent' at the sides in a posterior slant, and lacks the brown spots.
This species was posted on 10 August 2011 at these websites as Goniodoridella sp. 05 Genus: Pruvot-Fol, 1933, and changed on 20 March 2022
into Murphydoris puncticulata  Paz-Sedano, Smirnoff, Candás, Gosliner & Pola, 2022
References:
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
Sea Challengers Natural History Books. Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp.
Sofía Paz-Sedano, Dimitri Smirnoff, María Candás, Terrence M Gosliner, Marta Pola, Rediscovering the overlooked genus Murphydoris (Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae): the first phylogeny and addition of four new species,
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2022;, zlac002, https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlac002
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2022), published 20 March 2022, Murphydoris puncticulata  Paz-Sedano, Smirnoff, Candás, Gosliner & Pola, 2022
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Murphydoris_puncticulata.htm

 
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