OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Godiva sp. 2 (31mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

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


Species Account:

        Godiva sp. 2 is considered to be very rare on Okinawa's main island as I have seen and collected only a single individual during many years of diving here. The animal was found at the end of a dive in two feet of water just prior to making an exit. It was found in an area of mixed silty-sand and coral rubble approximately 5 meters from shore. The above image was taken from a badly underexposed Kodachrome; this makes me ill to have taken such a dreadful photograph of such a beautiful facelinid. A much better image of Godiva sp. 2 was kindly furnished by Atsushi Ono and is a featured animal on the Okinawa Slug site. This is only the second Godiva sp. which I've seen and collected here on Okinawa (the other, Godiva sp. 1 was collected in 200ft in July of 1995, also at Seragaki).

        Scott Johnson (2002) has photographs of several very similar (approximately 12mm) animals from Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands posted on the Sea Slug Forum. Atsushi Ono has also found this animal in the Kerama Islands, one of a series of islands in the Kerama Islands Group, which are located 30 ~ 40 kilometers west of the Okinawa Capitol, Naha. Atsushi has an excellent photograph of the animal on p. 164 (Ono, 1999). Also, Terry Gosliner (pers. comm.) mentions that this animal is found in Papua New Guinea and the Philippine Islands as well.

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NOTE: This page in re presentation with the most recent Opisthobranch of the Week, Godiva sp. 2.

Page Date: 04 Nov '02
Page Modification Date: 01 Feb '14
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