OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Chromodoris hintuanensis Gosliner & Behrens, 1998 (24mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Chromodoris hintuanensis is considered to be very rare on Okinawa as I have seen and collected a total of only two individuals over many years of diving here. The animal has been recently described by Gosliner & Behrens, 1998; they selected the name hintuanensis, derived from the Tagalog word hintuan which means "stopping place". The name refers to the type locality in the Batangas Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, dubbed Bus Stop by the authors, which was situated offshore from the waiting shed where the Manila bus stops to pick up passengers.

        The featured animal was found crawling in the open on the surface of fine silty-sand during a daytime SCUBA dive.


Copyright © 1999 Robert F. Bolland
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