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Free Content On the Anaspidea (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) of the Warm Waters of the Western Atlantic

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A key is given for the 16 western Atlantic species of Anaspidea and two Middle Atlantic ones. These are eight (and two) species of Aplysia, and Notarchus punctatus armatus, Stylocheilus longicauda, Stylocheilus citrinus, Bursatella leachii pleii, Dolabrifera dolabrifera, Petalifera petalifera bonairei, Petalifera ramosa, and Phyllaplysia engeli. Descriptions are given for Petalifera p. bonairei and Petalifera ramosa. A key to the subgenera of the genus Aplysia is also furnished.

Comparative notes are made on anatomical and systematic characters, sole, pallial cavity, shell, and nervous system.

My subdivision of the Notarchidae leaves only Notarchus in the Notarchinae; the remainder of the genera are allotted to the Dolabriferinae.

Three species of Aplysia were dredged in 348-357 m depth.

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Publication date: 1972-12-01

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