First record of Spurilla neapolitana (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Aeolidiidae) on the central coast of Peru (Humboldt Current Upwelling Ecosystem)

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Abstract

Members of the genus Spurilla are nudibranchs with circumtropical distribution. Spurilla neapolitana is reported for the first time inhabiting subtidal soft-bottom habitats of the central coast of Peru. Adult specimens were found in Bahía Ferrol (09°04′S 78°35′W) at 10 m depth in November of 2009. Spurilla neapolitana is characterized by the presence of a long body with numerous cerata along the dorsal side of the body and a distinctive orange colouring with white dots. This finding extends the geographical range of Spurilla spp. into the south-eastern Pacific and adds a new contribution to the macro-mollusc diversity thriving in the Humboldt Current Upwelling Ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish
JournalANZIAM Journal
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 6 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ancash
  • Bahía Ferrol
  • nudibranchs
  • range extension
  • sea slug

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