OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Aeolidiella alba Risbec, 1928 (9mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

Frequency on Okinawa:
Collection Data:
[brackets indicate range for all Okinawa-collected specimens of the species]


Species Account:

        Aeolidiella alba is considered to be very rare on Okinawa as I have seen and collected only 2 individuals over a good many years of diving here. Both collected individuals were found at Horseshoe Cliffs; the featured 9mm animal was found crawling upon a dense mat of red algae in a rocky cut near shore. The 4mm specimen was found amid a dense growth of brown algae in a live stony coral reef environment.


Copyright © 1999 Robert F. Bolland
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