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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorElysia margaritae Fez, 1962 
AphiaID: 182791

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMollusca (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGastropoda (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHeterobranchia (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOpisthobranchia (Infraclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSacoglossa (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlakobranchacea (Suborder) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlakobranchoidea (Superfamily) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlakobranchidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorElysia (Genus) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorElysia margaritae (Species)
Status taxon inquirendum
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorElysia Risso, 1818
Orig. name Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorElysia margaritae Fez, 1962
Sources  original description Fez S. de (1962). Dos nuevos ascoglossos y un Doto en el puerto de Valencia. Boletin de la real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural (B) 60: 105-112 [details]

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Environment marine
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (4 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo CLEMAM 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo PESI 
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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTaxonomy Several authors have synonymised Elysia margaritae with other species of Elysia. Thompson and Jaklin (1988) considered it as a junior synonym of Elysia timida, without any justification, whereas Bouchet (1984) considered it a junior synonym of E. viridis, also providing no arguments. However, Ortea et al. (1998), discussing Canary Islands E. timida specimens, considered E. margaritae a valid species; moreover, they proposed that Elysia gordanae should be considered a junior synonym. Regarding the latter statement, we have to point out that E. gordanae has a serrated edge to its radular teeth, and rounded edges of the parapodia, with small white protuberances, which have not been mentioned for E. margaritae. This leads us to consider both species to be different. Our conclusion is that E. margaritae is a valid species, because of its unique colour pattern, large size, and smooth radular teeth. Nevertheless, the lack of additional specimens with this morphology collected since its original description in 1962, even though the eastern Iberian coasts have been intensively studied over the last three decades by several authors, and the lack of data about the size of the radular teeth, suggests that some doubts about its true taxonomic identity still exist. [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:182791
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2005-10-06 10:43:15Z  created  Gofas, Serge
2017-04-10 22:05:10Z  changed  Gofas, Serge
  
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  Citation: Gofas, S. (2017). Elysia margaritae Fez, 1962. In: MolluscaBase (2017). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=182791 on 2017-05-29
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