Loy thompsoni
(Millen & Nybakken, 1991)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Corambidae


Alaska, British Columbia, California


From subtidal mudflat in Bamfield Inlet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, depth of 7m, March 5, 1985. Approx 3mm long. [from type series]. Photo: Ron Shimek.

The animal has a flattened elongate oval shape with a wide mantle margin overhanging the head and foot. The mantle is heavily spiculate, and has a well developed median posterior notch in which are found the gills and anal papilla. The background colour of the animal is translucent white, covered with dense chocolate brown spots, except at the anterior and posterior ends. The rhinophores are pale yellow and the gills are white. At the base of the two outer gills are shiny white, paired branchial glands. The ventral surface is unpigmented. The largest specimen in the original description was 6.5mm long.

• Martynov, A.V. (1994a) Materials for the revision of nudibranchiate molluscs of the family Corambidae (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia) Taxonomy. Communication 1. Zoologichesky Zhurnal, 73(10): 3-14.
• Martynov, A.V. (1994b) Materials for revision of nudibranch molluscs of the family Corambidae (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia). Part 2. The origin. Zoologichesky Zhurnal, 73(11): 36-43.
• Martynov, A.V. (1995) Materials for the Revision of the Nudibranch Family Corambidae (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia). Communication 2. Origin of the Corambidae. Hydrobiological Journal, 31(7): 59-67.[In English. Originally published in Zoologichesky Zhurnal, 73(11)]
• Millen, S.V. & Nybakken, J. (1991). A new species of Corambe (Nudibranchia: Doridoidea) from the northeastern Pacific. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 57 (supplement): 209-215
• Valdes, Angel, & P. Bouchet. (1998) A blind abyssal Corambidae (Mollusca, Nudibranchia) from the Norwegian Sea, with a reevaluation of the systematics of the family. Sarsia, 83(1): 15-20.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (February 4) Loy thompsoni (Millen & Nybakken, 1991). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/loythom

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