Placida dendritica
Placida dendritica
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Placida dendritica (Alder & Hancock, 1843)
2-3mm Qalet Marku <1m depth 23/3/93
Small sacoglossan found in shallow water in algal collections. The body colour is a pale white almost transparent with two rows of the greenish internal digestive gland visible through. The green lines are present as two rows on opposite side of the body extending towards the head and tail area. The cerata are elongated, transparent but with the central greenish digestive gland visible and can be seen connected to the main glands in the body. Rhinophores are present as two short inrolled tentacles.
Size range of specimens: 2-4mm. Uncommon

Specific characteristics: A similar species P. viridis may be confused with this species. However this species is generally smaller in size, the cerata are shorter and less in number, the ceratal tips are transparent and there is no external pigment on the body and foot of this species.

Identification by Dr. A. Perrone
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Marine species
Molluscs of Tasmania
2-3mm Qalet Marku <1m depth 27/2/93
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