OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Hypselodoris infucata (Ruppell & Leuckart, 1828) 36mm

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Hypselodoris infucata is a very commonly encountered chromodorid on Okinawa; although I've collected only seven individuals, a great many others have been seen and some cases photographed, but not collected. H. infucata is the common opisthobranch seen during dives at the Tengan Pier area; some dives here have produced an excess of a hundred individuals during a 150 ~ 200 minute excursion between 6 & 14m.

        The animals show quite a bit of variation in color but the featured animal above exhibits the most commonly seen pigmentation and pattern found in the Okinawan material.


Page Date: 24 Aug '98
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