Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 43–56 | Cite as

Two new species of the genus Aldisa Bergh, 1878 (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Nudibranchia) from southern Mozambique

  • Yara TibiriçáEmail author
  • Marta Pola
  • Juan Lucas Cervera
Original Paper


The genus Aldisa Bergh, 1878 is relatively poorly studied. Up to now, no species have been described from the Western Indian Ocean. Two new species of the genus Aldisa are described from Zavora (Mozambique), Aldisa fragaria sp. nov. and Aldisa zavorensis sp. nov. Both species are characterized by having two oval depressions on the dorsum, a red mantle with yellowish-white patches and red rhinophores. Moreover, Aldisa fragaria sp. nov. has large round tubercles on the dorsum tipped in black and a large flattened oral glandular mass, while A. zavorensis sp. nov. has tan gills, rounded red tubercles, branchial and rhinophores sheaths distinctively serrated, and a large oral gland mass with a semi-spherical shape. Partial sequences of mitochondrial (COI and 16S) and nuclear (H3) markers of both species are provided. Both anatomical and molecular data confirm that these species are different from other known species of the genus.


Aldisa Cadlinidae Nudibranchia Heterobranchia New species Mozambique 



The authors are grateful to the Rufford Small Grant Foundation for their support to conduct field trips for the collection of material. The critical point and scanning electron micrographs of the penis were carried out at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with funding from the Department of Biology. The SEM of the radulae and the molecular studies were completed at the Universidad de Cádiz and supported by funds of the research group “Marine Biology and Fisheries” PAIDI RNM-213.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales; Campus de Excelencia Global del Mar (CEI·MAR)Universidad de CádizPuerto RealSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Biología, Edificio de Biología, Campus de Excelencia Internacional UAM+CSICUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Instituto Universitario de Investigación Marina (INMAR), Campus de Excelencia Internacional del Mar (CEI·MAR)Universidad de CádizPuerto RealSpain

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