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Vallès Y.; Gosliner T.M. (2006). Shedding light onto the genera (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) Kaloplocamus and Plocamopherus with description of new species belonging to these unique bioluminescent dorids. The Veliger. 48(3): 178-205.
Vallès Y.; Gosliner T.M.
Shedding light onto the genera (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) <em>Kaloplocamus</em> and <em>Plocamopherus</em> with description of new species belonging to these unique bioluminescent dorids
The Veliger
48(3): 178-205
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Members of the Family Triophinae (Rudman, 1998), Gastropoda; Opisthobranchia, are characterized by having a reduced mantle, a narrow ridge along the sides of the body and a veil surrounding the head. This family is composed by seven genera of which only two have been observed to have bioluminescent species; Kaloplocamus Bergh, 1892 and Plocamopherus Rüppell & Leuckart, 1831. In order to better understand the evolution of bioluminescence within these dorids a phylogenetic analysis based on morphological and molecular data comprising all genera pertaining to the subfamily Triophinae was undertaken. Because there is great taxonomic confusion regarding Kaloplocamus and Plocamopherus species, this study is an attempt to do a taxonomic and morphological revision of both genera. Furthermore the description of new species for both Kaloplocamus and Plocamopherus are included. Five species of Kaloplocamus were examined in this study, including three taxa described here: K. dokte n. sp., K. peludo n. sp. and K. maru n. sp. Seven species of Plocamopherus were examined including four new taxa: P. pecoso n. sp., P. maculapodium n. sp., P. margaretae n. sp. and P. lemur, n. sp. The review of the morphology of these species provides the basis for future phylogenetic studies.
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