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Halgerda is a genus of sea slugs, dorid nudibranchs, shell-less marine gastropod mollusks in the family Discodorididae.


The genus Halgerda was classified within the family Halgerdidae by Odhner (1934).[2] Halgerdidae Odhner, 1926, is treated as a synonym of Discodorididae in the taxonomy of Bouchet & Rocroi (2005).[3] See also Valdés (2002).[4] Seven species of Halgerda were described in the years 1880-1905, two species in 1932-1949, four species from 1975-1982, then 22 species in the years 1993-2001. A number of undescribed species are known and many species show considerable variation across their ranges, which may indicate that more cryptic species exist.[5]


All species of Halgerda are confined to the Indo-West Pacific Tropical region apart from two species which are found in warm temperate waters of South Africa and Southern Australia and one species from warm temperate Japanese waters.


Species within the genus Halgerda include:[6]


  1. ^ Bergh, L.S.R. 1880. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der japanischen Nudibranchien. I. Verhandlungen der königlich-kaiserlich Zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien (Abhandlungen) 30:155-200, pls. 1-5, pages 191-5.
  2. ^ Odhner N. H. (1934). "The Nudibranchiata, British Antarctic ("Terra Nova") Expedition, 1910". Natural History Report, Zoology 7(5): 229-310.
  3. ^ Bouchet P., Rocroi J.-P., Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdés Á. & Warén A. (2005). "Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families". Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology (Hackenheim, Germany: ConchBooks) 47 (1-2): 1–397. ISBN 3925919724. ISSN 0076-2997. 
  4. ^ Valdés A. (2002). "A phylogenetic analysis and systematic revision of the cryptobranch dorids (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Anthobranchia)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 136: 535-636. doi:10.1046/j.1096-3642.2002.00039.x.
  5. ^ Gosliner, T.M., Behrens,D.W. & Valdes,A., 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs. A field guide to the World's most diverse fauna. Sea Challengers Natural History Books & The California Academy of Sciences. ISBN 978-0-9700574-3-3 426pp size: 21.5 x 28 cm
  6. ^ Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2014). Halgerda Bergh, 1880. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2015-01-25


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