Doriprismatica stellata

Doriprismatica stellata

''Doriprismatica stellata'' is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.
Starry Nudibranch Doriprismatica stellata has very characteristic dark brown to black background colour with the whole body covered in small white specks. The body is relatively hard and the mantle edge [or skirt] is very reduced much like some species of Ceratosoma. Behind the gills the mantle edge fuses in to the long raised posterior part of the foot. The name stellatus is from the Latin word for 'starry' and refers to the colour of the animal. Hopefully the sky still looks like this in some parts of the world. Doriprismatica stellata,Malaysia,Nudibranch,Sipadan,Starry Nudibranch,stellata

Distribution

This species is found in the Western Pacific Ocean from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderNudibranchia
FamilyChromodorididae
GenusDoriprismatica
SpeciesD. stellata
Photographed in
Malaysia