Thorybopus

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Thorybopus
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Infraclass: Euthyneura
Order: Nudibranchia
Suborder: Doridina
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Discodorididae
Genus:Thorybopus
Bouchet, 1977

Thorybopus is a genus of sea slugs, specifically dorid nudibranchs. They are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Discodorididae. [1]

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.

Sea slug group of marine invertebrates with varying levels of resemblance to terrestrial slugs

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Doridoidea superfamily of molluscs

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Species

Species so far described in this genus include:

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References

  1. Bouchet P. (1977). Opisthobranches de profondeur de l'Ocean Atlantique. II Notaspidea et Nudibranchiata. Journal of Molluscan Studies 43 (1): 28-60 Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=137915 on 2012-02-25