Dorisprismatica (=Glossodoris) paladentatus (Rudman 1986)
This cute little Glossodorid (Courtesy of Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum) is similar to Dorisprismatica (=Glossodoris) atromarginata but has brown blotches scattered over the mantle, and a white gill lined with black and brown. It also has a submarginal bluish band around the edge of the mantel.
Know from the western pacific of papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vanuatu, it reaches about 20 mm in length.
Jim's comments on this guy:
"...I just call this grouping Glossodoris tuxedos. All the species.....afromarginata...symmetrica...sibogae...pallida...sedna... even hikuerensis & rufomarginata all look like frilled tuxedo shirts to me. There are some great "muck" slopes in Ambon, Indonesia. The dive sites there will fill out anyone's macro portfolio. There was a lovely Glossodoris symmetrica that I had never seen previously close by to this G. paladentatus..."
Nice find Jim.
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