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Leopard Flatworm

Pseudobiceros pardalis

Description:

Photo take today at -30 ft in a Caribbean reef. This morning awake and fine out that i have a SOTD and i fill very happy about it .So today during the dive there in the sand the same spotting I just can´t believe it. The dorsal surface shows orange and smaller yellow dots outlined by a black shadow. Small white spots along the margin around the whole body. The ventral surface is light purple-violet becoming more transparent towards the margin. Based on the color pattern established for all Pseudobiceros, this species belongs to the group 4. The sucker is visible and centrally located. The species possesses 2 male gonopores evident externally and a female gonopore located on the midventral line

Habitat:

Found from Florida all the Caribbean sea Brazil.

Notes:

"This Leopard Flatworm is not a nudibranch or sea slug. Flatworms have no body cavity, and no specialized circulatory and respiratory organs, which restricts them to flattened shapes that allow oxygen and nutrients to pass through their bodies by diffusion."

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Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Apr 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 1, 2012

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