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Elysia sp. 08  Genus: Risso, 1818

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Elysia sp. 08 is not yet identified or undescribed, I call it Elysia sp. 08 until I know its name. It has a translucent background colour and is covered all over with minute brown spots, which gives the animal a brownish appearance. There are yellow spots on the body, on the parapodia, and on the rhinophores. The tips of the rhinophores and the posterior end of the foot are blue, the rhinophores are basally dark brown. There are small white papillae on the body and on the parapodia. In some specimens has the posterior third of the parapodia a white margin.
There were many pictures identified as Elysia asbecki  Wägele, Stemmer, Burghardt & Händeler, 2010 at Nudi Pixel, identifications verified by Richard Willan, including pictures of the above species and Elysia sp. 09.
I did not agree with these identifications and asked Ingo Burghardt, one of the authors. He wrote in German pers. comment, translated by me:
"There are some similarities, but the blue tips of the rhinophores and the bluish 'tail' would be very unusual. Elysia asbecki has a yellow ring at the tips of the rhinophores, and often a pink line at the posterior end of the foot, no blue. I guess this is a different species, possibly related to Elysia asbecki."
The description is online at http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2010/f/zt02676p028.pdf.
There were 2 specimens from Bali, Indonesia at Nudi Pixel which fit the description of E. asbeckialmost perfect! The website Nudi Pixel is down, the pictures are gone.
This species was posted on 9 July 2011 at these websites as Elysia sp. H  Genus: Risso, 1818, and changed on 22 July 2011
into Elysia sp. 08  Genus: Risso, 1818.
For some genera, such as Trinchesia was the alphabet almost through. I had to change the distinguishing alphabetic character into a number. I had chosen 2-digit numbers, even though '01' looks a little bit stupid, and now is only the genus italic written.
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2021), published 15 May 2017, Elysia sp. 08  Genus: Risso, 1818
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Sacoglossa/Elysia_sp_08.htm

 
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