New species of polyclad (marine flatworm) from Lakshadweep, India

Pseudoceros stellans

Phylum: Platyhelminthes

Order: Polycladia Lang, 1884

Family: Pseudocerotidae Lang, 1884

Pseudoceros stellans Dixit 2019

Collection: Agatti Island (10°52′28′′N 72°11′11′′E); sub tidal area from 15 m depth; 21.5.2018

Voucher No. : IO/IT/POY/00006 (Referral Centre, CMLRE)

Description: Background body colour brown with numerous small white to yellow microdots on dorsum. Different sized yellow blotches present on dorsum but most of the small white blotches are present on marginal area. Half of the median area is marbled with irregular white shading, thus appearing as depigmented area. A thick black marginal band run around whole body including pseudotentacles.

Biological association : – None.

Remarks : None.

Distribution:  Agatti Island, Lakshadweep. Known only from type locality so far.

Distribution map:

Map of India showing position of Lakshadweep and magnified image of Agatti Island (down) with collection site
of new species (red dot)

Identified by: Sudhanshu Dixit

Publication: Dixit, S., Bayyana, S., Manjebrayakat, H., Saravanane, N & Sudhakar, M., 2019. Polyclad fauna of Agatti Island, Lakshadweep, India: new records and description of two new species. Zootaxa 4657 (2): 246–260

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