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Aphelodoris c.f. karpa Wilson, 2003
We are calling this species "c.f." = probable, but not certain. The sole reason I am guessing A. karpa is due to the marginal line around the notum and the rhinophoral sheaths. It does have some irregular pustules on the dorsum, but they don't look like those shown in NSSI 2nd edition on page 87.
This genus of cryptobranch dorids is poorly understood with a number of species undescribed, and known only from preserved specimens. Bummer.
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