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Pneumoderma meisenheimeri Pruvot-Fol, 1926

Overview

This is a relatively large naked pelagic snail. It is oval, with a slightly transparent, usually pigmented skin. The wings are well developed. Only two dubious records are known at present.

Taxonomic Description

The body integument is transparent. The Pneumoderma meisenheimeri radula formula is 5-1-5. The basal plate of the first and second laterals are extremely large. The median plate is also large and still present in older specimens. The median plate was described as tricuspoid, but the figure by Pruvot-Fol shows one median cusp and two lateral cusps at both sides. The jaws and hooks are like those in the typical forma. The incomplete original description does not permit, at this moment, recognition of this species. The characters described are, however, not to be confused with those in other species.
Sizes of this species is not known.

Juveniles

A special description is not available.

Reproduction

This species is a protandric hermaphrodite.

Ecology

This species is a carnivore.

Distribution

This species is known from the Central Atlantic and Indonesian waters, see the Pneumoderma meisenheimeri map.

Types

Pneumoderma meisenheimeri Pruvot-Fol, 1926: 6, pl. 3, figs. 93-94.
Holotype: not preserved in MOM, u.s.
Type locality: 31°46'N 25°W. Coll.: CPNE, stat. 1794.

Pneumoderma meisenheimeri