New record of Bulaceros porcellanus (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida: Pseudocerotidae) from India

Bulaceros procellanus

Phylum: Platyhelminthes

Subphylum: Rhabditophora Ehlers. 1985

Order: Polyclaldida Lang, 1884

Family: Pseudocerotidae Lang, 1884

Bulaceros porcellanus Newman & Cannon, 1996

Collection: Agatti Island, near CMLRE field research station (10°50′73′′N, 72°11′34′′E), Lakshadweep; 07.11.2018

Voucher No.: IO/IT/POY/00025

Description: Body small, oval and margin crenulated. Background translucent white with opaque white mottling and white microdots on dorsal surface. Some evenly spaced black spots of different sizes are present on dorsum but absent near margin. Marginal band orange brown surrounded by translucent rim with white spots. A small orange coloured blotch is present above cerebral eye clusters. Pseudotentacles small, ear-like with distinct knobs. Ventral surface translucent white.

Biological association: – None

Remarks: None

Distribution: India and Australia

Distribution map:

Distribution map of Genus Bulaceros in Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean (present study). Red dots – Bulaceros newcannorum sp. nov. ; yellow dots – Bulaceros porcellanus

Identified by: Sudhanshu Dixit

Publication: Sudhanshu Dixit, Hashim Manjebrayakath & N. Saravanane (2021): A rare polyclad genus Bulaceros (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida: Pseudocerotidae): new species and new record from Indian coral atolls, Marine Biology Research.

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