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New species of sea slug discovered by UCSB marine scientist
Date:9/22/2010

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For the scientific record, Goddard describes the new species as "characterized externally by its smooth rhinophores; long tail and cephalic tentacles; pointed foot corners; red and orange tipped cerata; and lack of pigmentation on the head, body and head tentacles."

Goddard discovered the sea slug in 2008. As with many taxonomic discoveries, the finding often takes a couple of years for documentation, comparison with known species, and publication. Meanwhile Goddard and his colleagues will continue searching for more specimens of the newly described species.


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Contact: Gail Gallessich
gail.g@ia.ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California -- Santa Barbara
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