OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Chromodoris sp. 4 (17mm)
Photo by Atsushi Ono

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        As of the current date, early March, Chromodoris sp. 4 has not been reported from the waters of Okinawa's main island although Atsushi Ono reports this species to be relatively common in the Keramas. * He reports (pers. comm.) that he's seen in excess of thirty individuals but has collected only the above depicted animal. He also reports the animals are found on Darwinella spp. sponges. The above image of Chromodoris sp. 4 is used with Atsushi's kind permission. Gosliner, et al, 2008, have a photograph of a very similar appearing animal (Chromodoris sp. 27, p. 230). I've added a second page with several additional images of different individuals also photographed by Atsushi.

        I've previously featured three currently undescribed (unknown by myself) Chromodoris species. These three are:

Literature Cited:

        * Keramas = the Kerama Islands Group, located 30 ~ 40 kilometers west of the Okinawa capitol, Naha.


Page Date: 04 Mar '13
Page Modification Date: 04 Mar '13
Digitally manipulated photo (image has been horizontally flipped)
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