Paradoris sp. 3

Espiritu Santo, in Vanuatu
Photo courtesy of Angel Valdes

Paradoris sp. 3 Undescribed

The genus Paradoris, falls into the family Discodorididae. Discodorids are separated from other dorids in having distinct, tentacular or conical oral tentacles. In most the species notum is covered with simple, spiculate tubercles, the anterior, ventral side of the foot is transversely grooved and longitudinally notched.

This pretty little critter is one of several undescribed species of Paradoris to be seen in the soon to be released – Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs . This is just one of the over 1200 species presented in this new completely comprehensive field guide to the “World’s most diverse fauna.”

This is one of several white species with large holes covering the surface of the notum. The dorsum has a series of thin, brown, branching lines. The gill and rhinophores are white tipped with brown.

Dr. Angel Valdes, Assistant Professor at Cal State Pomona (and coauthor of above) shot this 20 mm critter at Espiritu Santo, in Vanuatu, while collecting species for the book. Aside from the fact it was collected in about 20 meters of water, nothing else is known about it.

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