OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Ercolania sp. 2 (3.5mm)
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:

        I've not personally seen Ercolania sp. 2 here in the waters of Okinawa's main island and Atsushi Ono mentions (pers. comm.) seeing perhaps only the above single individual in the Keramas* and of course considers the species to be very rare there. Atsushi found the animal on a rope in a fish preserve in association with miscellaneous algae.

        I've previously featured an additional Ercolania species on these pages, also from Zamami Island in the Keramas, Ercolania sp. 1.


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


Page Date: 20 Nov '06
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