OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Godiva sp. 2 (15mm)
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:

        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.

Literature Cited:


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


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