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Berthella stellata (Risso, 1826) [Pleurobranchus]

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The mantle of Berthella stellata ranges in colour from translucent white and yellow to opaque dark grey. It is characterized by a white star-like pattern in the centre of the mantle. This distinctive mark is less visible in larger specimens, and many specimens are lacking it.
The variant with the star-like white patch was described as Berthella stellata var. albocrossata  Heller & Thompson, 1983
It has a world-wide geographical distribution, excluding very cold waters.
Thanks for identification of this specimen to Terrence M. Gosliner, the specimen of the pictures # 04, # 05, and # 06 was identified
by Andrey Ryanskiy as a juvenile.
More information on Berthella stellata are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2019), published 17 August 2019, Berthella stellata (Risso, 1826)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Pleurobranchida/Berthella_stellata.htm

 
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