OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Hypselodoris maculosa (Pease, 1871) 23mm

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 maculosa is considered to be common on Okinawa; twenty-four specimens have been collected since the first was collected on 14 March, 1987, although numerous others have been seen but not collected. The animal is typically found on Okinawa while crawling amid live stony coral reef environments, as was the featured animal above.

        H. maculosa is similar in appearance to another Okinawan chromodorid, Thorunna australis. Bill Rudman (1998) points out that although T. australis has "some similarities to some colour forms of Hypselodoris maculosa but whereas that species has multiple longitudinal white lines Thorunna australis has only one on either side of the mantle. Both species have reddish bands on the rhinophores, always one in T. australis but up to three in H. maculosa." Here are images of two additional specimens of H. maculosa.

        The species is widely distributed from the western Indian Ocean of Tanzania, the Red Sea, Christmas Island, the western Pacific coast of Australia and Enewetak (all Rudman, 1986), and Guam and Okinawa (Gosliner & Johnson, 1999).

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Page Date: 27 Sep '99
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