OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Doto sp. 1 (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:

        Doto sp. 1 is a bizarre dendronotacean and it's considered to be very rare in Okinawan waters; I've collected only three individuals over a period of many years of diving here. The above featured animal is one of two specimens (both having a total length of 9mm) simultaneously collected from an area of mixed sand and coral rubble at a sand/rubble interface. The specimens were found following the dive later at home, from a sorting bowl having a large series of miscellaneous invertebrates, including quite a few different feather-like thecate hydroids. A second specimen (5mm) was found nearly three months later in a comparable habitat from 210ft, also from a sorting bowl later at home. I've added a second page with additional images of the above animal as well as the other two collected individuals.


Page Date: 21 Oct '02
Page Modification Date: 21 Oct '02
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