Godiva sp. 2 (15mm)
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK
Photo by Atsushi Ono
Opisthobranch of the Week Data
Frequency on Okinawa:
- Order: NUDIBRANCHIA
- Suborder: Aeolidina
- Family: Facelinidae
- Considered by Ono to be relatively common in the Keramas; only a single specimen seen/collected from the water's of Okinawa's main island by RFB
[brackets indicate range for all Okinawa-collected specimens of the species]
- Individual Collection No: Atsushi Ono #O-277
- Location: Gahi Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa [Zamami Island, Kerama Islands; Okinawa's main island: Seragaki (26o 30.4'N, 127o 52.6'E)]
- Date: 11 June, 2000 [Okinawa's main island: 19 Apr, '97]
- Depth: 23ft (7m) [Okinawa's main island: Intertidal]
- Water temperature at collection depth: ca. 79oF (ca. 26oC)
- Size: TL 15mm [Okinawa's main island: 31mm]
- Specimen deposited: Chiba University, Japan [Okinawa's main island: California Academy of Sciences]
As of the current date I've seen and collected only a single specimen of Godiva sp. 2 here in the waters of Okinawa's main island. The data and image of the above featured animal was kindly furnished by Atsushi Ono. Atsushi considers the animal to be relatively common in waters of the Keramas* and reports (pers. comm.) seeing in excess of thirty individuals, two of which were collected, in the Keramas. Atsushi goes on to say that the above animal was found in a rock and dead coral environment. Atsushi has several additional images of Godiva sp. 2 from Zamami Island (Kerama Islands), on p. 164 (Ono, 1999).
Rie Nakano (2004, p. 254) has a photograph of Godiva sp. 2 and 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. Also, Terry Gosliner (pers. comm.) mentions that this animal is found in Papua New Guinea and the Philippine Islands as well.
Since mid-January, 2008 I've seen and collected one additional Godiva species from Okinawa's main island, Godiva sp. 1.
- Johnson, S., 2002 (February 15) Godiva? from the Marshall Islands [Message In] Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4173.
- Nakano, Rie. 2004. Opisthobranchs of Japan Islands, Rutles, Inc. Japan. 304pp.
- Ono, Atsushi. 1999. Opisthobranchs of Kerama Islands, TBS-Britannica & Co., Ltd., Japan. 184pp.
* Keramas = the Kerama Islands Group, located 30 ~ 40 kilometers west of the Okinawa capitol, Naha.
Page Date: 21 Jan '08
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