Some kind of Triopha?

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Postby tswinner » Sun May 23, 2010 6:45 pm

Shot in CA, PV area
Thanks for you help.
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Postby Kevin Lee » Sun May 23, 2010 9:13 pm

Hey Todd... affirmative, due to the processes along the lateral ridge and the spots covering the body, I believe your slug is a Triopha maculata, though the coloration is drab and not well developed. Did you perhaps find this guy under a rock and can you recall the size? Often individuals that reside primarily under rocks seem to take on a different color variation, especially if they are juveniles.

Ref: http://www.diverkevin.com/North-America ... 5354_CcGBK

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Postby tswinner » Sun May 23, 2010 9:59 pm

Thanks Kevin,

I think it was under a rock. I don't recall it being that small though.
I thought it might be Triopha maculata but I thought the plums on the sides looked too big and the rhinophores are a different color than the body. But you know I don't know my slugs.

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Postby Kevin Lee » Sun May 23, 2010 10:11 pm

Hey Todd, took another gander... looking at the oral processes, am thinking this may be a Tritonia festiva, not Triopha... compare with this image:

http://www.diverkevin.com/North-America ... 1433_X3RvC

Let's see if Dave pipes in on this one...

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Postby Dave Behrens » Mon May 24, 2010 4:55 pm

Whoa....... You guys are in the wrong suborder even. This is not a dorid. This is a Tritonia. Note the frontal veil. Triopha maculata's frontal veil projections are branched. I am not sure which species of Tritonia this is and away from my office.

Let me get back to you with more.

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Postby Kevin Lee » Mon May 24, 2010 5:46 pm

Hey Dave... thanks for your response... and for keeping us on the straight and narrow... :roll: yes, I reneged, myself... :oops: see the previous email and link... wondering if these are the same Tritonia... cheers, k;-)
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