Glossodoris averni

Glossodoris averni Rudman, 1985

Glossodoris averni was described by Bill Rudman in 1985. It has been found from Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The animal shown here represents the first record from the Philippines and was collected by Dave Behrens (Beginner's luck, I guess). This species is one of many Indo-Pacific dorids with a white body and an orange marginal band. Rudman has suggested that G. averni is a member of a mimetic complex of similarly colored species. Other similarly colored species include Ardeadoris egretta, Chromodoris verrieri and several other chromodorids. Diaphorodoris mitsuii, an onchidorid also has the same color pattern.

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Dr. Terry Gosliner

California Academy of Sciences

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