Pruvotfolia rhodopos (Yonow, 2000)
Originally described as a Facelina, this species has a specialized cerata, modified for copulation, as do other species in this unique genus. The genus was named in 1970 by Tardy to recognize the French malacologist, Alice Pruvot-Fol. Interestingly Ms. Pruvot-Fol was not a collector and worked solely with preserved specimens. Her description of Nembrotha rutilans in 1931 was based on a painting by William Saville-Kent, done in 1893. Obviously there were no type specimens and the internal anatomy was never described. N. rutilans is now a junior synonym of Nembrotha livingstoni. Come join us at our Nudibranch Workshop in March to learn more sea slug trivia.
The body varies from white to yellow orange. There is a thin line extending down the tail. The cerata are clear, exposing the liver diverticulum and have white to orange apices. The rhinophores are finely perfoliate. Eye spots are visible behind the rhinophores.
Next week we will discuss Pruvotfolia sp. 4 in Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: . E-Book version available soon from New World Publications.
As usual, another super find by David!
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