OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Doto sp. 2 (10mm + 14mm)

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. 2 is considered to be very rare on Okinawa as only the above two featured animals have been collected. These animals were collected from the Tengan Pier dive site, from relatively large concrete pilings near the end of a long pier supporting the pier. The pilings were densely covered with miscellaneous invertebrates, including hydroids, sponges, oysters, and bryozoans. These two Doto were collected from a single feather-like hydroid colony. One of the animals was found with the cerata completely autotomized, the other with intact cerata. I've added a second page with additional images of the above two animals. A third individual (Doto sp. 3) was found on the same individual hydroid colony.

        In addition to Doto sp. 2, I've collected at least seven unknown Doto species from Okinawa's main island and I've featured a series of described and unknown Doto species previously on these pages. These Doto species are profiled on the following links:


Page Date: 16 Dec '02
Page Modification Date: 04 Jun '07
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