Dendrodoris cf albopurpura

Dendrodoris cf albopurpura is known from three specimens found at night on the seaward reef of Kwajalein Atoll. All were firmly attached in honeycomb caves, at least two of them in the caves beneath colonies of the coral Porites rus. While they slightly resembled Dendrodoris albopurpura in their dorsal pustules and should be compared with that species, we are fairly certain they represent something different. They were much larger animals than D. albopurpura, 175- 200mm in length, and more solid and substantial in appearance. All three were found in seaward reef honeycomb caves, where we have never seen D. albopurpura. The top shot shows the first specimen found.

The rest are all shots of the second animal, found on 3 May 2008 at a depth of 14m.

Closeup of the rhinophores.

Closeup of the gills.

The underside and bottom of the foot.

Created 25 December 2006
Updated 29 May 2009

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