Plocamopherus maculapodium  Vallès & Gosliner, 2006

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Let me quote the description of Plocamopherus maculapodium in IPN at page 107:
"Red body color, speckled with minute white dots. The name derives from the few larger black spots on the sides of the animal at the base of the foot. Three pairs of short lateral appendages, with the last pair having a prominent, rounded globular structure that is white or pinkish in color."
Bill Rudman writes in a comment at the Sea-Slug Forum:
"Unfortunately, Vallès & Gosliner do not include P. ceylonicus in their review of the genus so I can't comment on their reasons for proposing the new species P. maculapodium. Two other new species in their paper, P. lemur and P. pecoso would also appear to be colour forms of this orange spotted 'species'..."
That is Plocamopherus maculapodium is possibly a synonym of Plocamopherus ceylonicus, I will keep it seperate until this species is formally synonymized.
Picture #6 was copied from the SSF, it shows an old drawing of Plocamopherus ceylonicus, most probably from India though no details were given.
Dr. Alicia Hermosillo-González labeled this picture "Polycera cafe.jpg".
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
Sea Challengers Natural History Books. Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp.
Vallès, Y. & T.M. Gosliner. 2006. Shedding light onto the genera Kaloplocamus and Plocamopherus (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) with description of new species belonging to these unique bioluminescent dorids.
The Veliger, 48: 178-205.
More information on Plocamopherus maculapodium are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 22 November 2020, Plocamopherus maculapodium  Vallès & Gosliner, 2006
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Plocamopherus_maculapodium.htm


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