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Chromodoris elegantula polychroma
Chromodoris elegantula polychroma
Chromodoris elegantula polychroma
Chromodoris elegantula polychroma - foot
Chromodoris elegantula polychroma holotype
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Chromodoris elegantula polychroma Perrone, 1993
Medium sized chromodorid found in shallow waters roaming on algae, particularly Cystoseira sp. It has also been found on Posidonia oceanica depositing a yellow mass of eggs. The base colour is whitish-pink with white and red blotches on the body. A subterminal yellow band is normally present.

Propodial tentacles: Absent
Oral tentacles: 2 in number, smooth, white, short.
Rhinophores: White, lamellate (10 lamellae), with smooth wider base, retractable.
Gills: White, retractile, unipinnate.
Foot: Colourless (ventrally) without any appendages, laterally white with distict dark red blotches, larger than the notum and protruding from back of notum.

Size range: 20-27mm. Very rare.

Specific characteristics: This species is easy to distinguish from related species by its colouration and shape of red spots. A yellow submarginal band is usually present. Peltodoris atromaculata has dark brown spots and is found on the sponge Petrosia ficiformis.

Identification and oridinal description by Dr. A. Perrone from material collected by the author.
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Holotype 27mm St. Paul's Islands 15m depth 31/5/92
Holotype 27mm St. Paul's Islands 15m depth 31/5/92
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Holotype 27mm St. Paul's Islands 15m depth 31/5/92
Holotype 27mm St. Paul's Islands 15m depth 31/5/92
Holotype 27mm St. Paul's Islands 15m depth 31/5/92
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Chromodorididae