Plocamopherus cf. maculapodium  Vallès & Gosliner, 2006

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cf. is an abbreviation from a Latin word (confer) and means 'refer to' or 'compare with', here it means this species could possibly be Plocamopherus maculapodium or perhaps something closely related, or at least similar in appearance.
Let me quote the description of Plocamopherus maculapodium from 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."
The above specimens lack the red/brown/black spots at the base of the foot. I misidentified the pictures #1 and #2 and posted them on 25 December 2003
as Plocamopherus imperialis  Angas, 1864, which is endemic to New Zealand and South East Australia, I realized my error and changed it on
11 November 2009 into Plocamopherus ceylonicus (Kelaart, 1858) [Polycera].
I changed it again on 25 November 2014 into Plocamopherus cf. maculapodium  Vallès & Gosliner, 2006
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 until this species is formally synonymized.
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs. Sea Challengers Natural History Books.
Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp.
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 231 November 2020, Plocamopherus cf. maculapodium  Vallès & Gosliner, 2006
available from http://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Plocamopherus_maculapodium_cf.htm


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