OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Gymnodoris sp. 7 (12mm)
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:

        Gymnodoris sp. 7 is considered to be rare in Okinawan waters. I've never personally seen the animal in the waters of Okinawa's main island and Atsushi mentions (pers. comm.) seeing and photographing only a single animal in the Keramas.* The above photograph was taken by Atsushi from the waters of Gahi Island during August of 1999 and he reports finding it on rock associated with a coral reef. Atsushi's photograph is used here with his kind permission.

        Gosliner et al (p. 2008) have a very similar appearing animal on page 152 (Gymnodoris sp. 13).

        I've previously featured on these pages the following described and undescribed species of Gymnodoris from Okinawan waters:

Literature Cited:


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


Page Date: 01 Aug '15
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