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Leopard Flatworm

Pseudobiceros pardalis

Description:

Photo take at -30 ft in a Caribbean reef well is like a Spanish dancer. 2 or 3 cm long.Purple-brown background turning into black toward the margin. 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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33 Comments (1–25)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Vale, Mayra and Hans :):)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

Wonderfull!!!!

*o* beautifull

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks to all my friends !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Donna!

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 6 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo. You deserve this for all the fine photos you contribute.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

Congrats! This is cool!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

Gerardo my friend great finding ,well done,congratulations

Blogie
Blogie 6 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD, Gerardo! Well deserved. :)

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Felicitaciones que gran foto muy bien :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Thanks Yasser is been a grate journey whit all this community thanks to all Rangers for your priceless help and to all Wildlife that enlighten my life everyday.
Thanks to all my friends for your very kind comments.

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 6 years ago

Congratulations. Great pic.

Jeannette
Jeannette 6 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo :)

Well deserved, you have so many amazing and wonderfull spottings...

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

cool

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Congrats Pal !

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Fantastic shoot and great contrast catched..

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Beautiful creature. Congrats.

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Wonderful capture Gerardo! Congratulations on this & your many other photos that provide a glimpse of a wonderful underwater world I never realized existed!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Congratulations !!!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 6 years ago

Congrat Gerardo! You really make us dream! I wish I could do so beautiful spottings...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Gerardo!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Felicitaciones, Gerardo!

Yasser
Yasser 6 years ago

Gerardo! This beauty has been chosen as Spotting of the Day! Congratulations my friend and thanks for all of your wonderful contributions to the community.

"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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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

beautiful ! - looks like a lost piece of bikini !!

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 7 years ago

Add this to the new flatworms mission? http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8533...

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.84, Long: -86.89

Spotted on Jan 4, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2012

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