Diaphorodoris sp. 2 in (NSSI) (Undescribed)
Well, Mike and David have proposed presenting an interesting and recently problematic species for this week's BOW.
Terry Gosliner's crew at the California Academy of Sciences' discovered this new species years ago during their ongoing research on the opisthobranch diversity of the Verde Passage in the southern Luzon region of the Philippines. Since then it has only been seen a couple of times.
If you put an orange-red marginal band on it and change the color of the crest along the middle of the foot to orange you would have Diaphorodoris mitsuii (Baba 1938)(Courtesy of Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum). Otherwise, externally they are nearly identical. The real differences lie internally however.
Most species of Diaphorodoris are temperate, but this is one of three known tropical species.
Nice find David.
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