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11 December 2018 Systematics of the genus Halgerda Bergh, 1880 (Heterobranchia : Nudibranchia) of Mozambique with descriptions of six new species
Yara Tibiriçá, Marta Pola, Juan Lucas Cervera
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Abstract

The species of the genus Halgerda Bergh, 1880, are restricted to the Indo-Pacific; some being common inhabitants of reefs off the coast of Mozambique. These species have been relatively well studied morphologically, but few molecular data are available. During a seven-year period surveying the reefs of Mozambique, 11 Halgerda spp. were collected, six of which are described here. We provide details on their morphology, anatomy, novel genetic markers and additional information about their colour variation. The new species described herein are Halgerda leopardalis, sp. nov., H. mozambiquensis, sp. nov., H. jennyae, sp. nov., H. meringuecitrea, sp. nov., H. nuarroensis, sp. nov. and H. indotessellata, sp. nov., the last of which was found to be a pseudocryptic species of H. tessellata. Moreover, we identified two species complexes, one composed mainly of specimens from the Western Indian Ocean and another with specimens mostly from the Pacific Ocean and Western Australia.

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Yara Tibiriçá, Marta Pola, and Juan Lucas Cervera "Systematics of the genus Halgerda Bergh, 1880 (Heterobranchia : Nudibranchia) of Mozambique with descriptions of six new species," Invertebrate Systematics 32(6), 1388-1421, (11 December 2018). https://doi.org/10.1071/IS17095
Received: 21 December 2017; Accepted: 4 July 2018; Published: 11 December 2018
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biodiversity
DNA barcoding
Indo-Pacific
Mollusca
species delineation
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