OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Cuthona sp. 5 (10mm)
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:

        Cuthona sp.5 is considered to be very rare in Okinawan waters as I have never seen a specimen during numerous years of Okinawa diving and Atsushi reports seeing only the above solitary individual. The featured animal was found on a coral reef cliff in fifteen meters off Zamami Island, one of a series of islands in the Kerama Islands Group, which are located 30 ~ 40 kilometers west of the Okinawa capitol, Naha.

        There is a superficially similar appearing animal in Gosliner, et al (2015, Cuthona sp. 49, p.352)

        In addition to the above featured animal, I've previously featured on these pages the following species of Cuthona:

  • C. acinosa
  • C. diversicolor
  • C. ornata
  • C. pupillae
  • C. purpureoanulata
  • C. sibogae
  • C. yamasui
  • C. sp. 1
  • C. sp. 2
  • C. sp. 3
  • C. sp. 4
  • Literature Cited:



    Page Date: 01 Jul '16
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