Nudibranchs - Sunshine Coast etc. / IMG_4077
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12/07/2020
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Limapontiidae gen. et sp. nov.
Location: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia
Size: 8 mm not including tail
Depth: 5 mm
Temperature: 20 C

ORDER: Sacoglossa
FAMILY:
Limapontiidae

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Photographs by Fran Roberts - Copyright 2003-2020

While Fran and Nevar were diving the Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
they recorded one of the most unusual animals I have ever "not seen"...our 415th river species and our 940th area species.
At about 8 mm (not including the tail) this animal has characteristics seen in other genera.
Firstly: it has very bulbous transparent cerata with a green digestive gland and cream albumen gland that wraps around the digestive gland as in Placida. Secondly: there is an extraordinarily long filament tail similar to some Haminoea species. Yet again the river has exposed another beautifully unusual species. Lastly: the bent rhinophoral tips are most unusual.
Bob Burn has seen the video and photos and said he has never seen anything like it.

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