Pseudoceros lindae Newman and Cannon, 1994
Type material location
The holotype is a whole mount of an entire specimen and the paratype is also a whole mount plus a set of serial histological sections deposited at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia.
The diagnostic character of this species is the wine color background with large, irregular, and oval to rounded golden yellow spots located medially becoming blue towards the margin.
External anatomy: A thick body with a wine color (burgundy) background that intensifies marginally fading to turquoise towards the margin. Presence of some oval to round yellow golden spots in the median area becoming larger and blue towards the margin forming a type of an irregular marginal band. The ventral side is light purple. Pseudotentacles are broad, formed by simple folds of the anterior margin. Pharynx formed by highly elaborated pharyngeal folds.
Internal anatomy: The male system consists of branched vas deferens, an elongate oblong seminal vesicle connected to a short and coiled ejaculatory duct. Presence of a large oval prostatic vesicle and a short stylet housed in a deep and folded antrum. The female system has a short vagina directed backwards preceded by a narrow, long, and deep antrum. The cement glands are surrounding the first portion of the vagina
Ecology and Distribution
This species has been found in Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Evolution and Systematics
This species was described by Newman & Cannon (1994) and included in the group 5 characterized by a maculae pattern, according to the categorization made by the same authors, based on the color and color pattern. In this group there are two more species but P. lindae differs by the burgundy background not grey or black as in P. glaucus and P. scintillatus respectively.
Newman, L.J. & Cannon, L.R.G. (1994) Pseudoceros and Pseudobiceros (Platyhelminthes, Polycladida, Pseudocerotidae) from Eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 37: 205–266.