species: Maritigrella fuscopunctata cf in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Maritigrella fuscopunctata cf


©Anne Hoggett: Maritigrella fuscopunctata cf at North Point, Lizard Island. About 3 cm long.

©Barbara Banks: Maritigrella fuscopunctata cf at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Maritigrella fuscopunctata cf at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Platyhelminthes
Class Rhabditophora
Order Polycladida
Family Euryleptidae
Genus Maritigrella
Species Maritigrella fuscopunctata cf

Colours

              

Distinguishing features

White/cream gound colour with a broad central band of small dark spots and transverse black lines along the margin with a "halo" orange around them forming an indistict, broken submarginal band. Distinct pseudotentacles with black spots as for the central band.

The type locality for Maritigrella fuscopunctata is Broome, WA. An illustration of the holotype (Prudhoe, 1978) shows a similar colour pattern except that the spots are much larger in the central band, they are described as brown or golden brown rather than black, and there is no mention of orange colouration near the margin.

The Lizard Island morph appears stable and it remains to be determined whether they fit within the range of variation of Maritigrella fuscopunctata.

Size

  • Up to 3 cm (length of Lizard Island specimens)

Synonyms

Distribution

Web resources

References

  • Prudhoe, S. (1978). Some polyclad turbellarians new to the fauna of the Australian coasts. Records of the Australian Museum, 31(14): 586-604. LIRS catalog number 90393.