OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Odontoglaja guamensis Rudman, 1978 (9mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Odontoglaja guamensis is considered to be rare on Okinawa as I have seen and collected a total of only three individuals over a period of many years. Two of the specimens (Seragaki) were collected from the same site, i.e., a small coral rubble covered depression amid a mixed live/dead stony coral reef. The animals were found while turning coral rubble.

        Due to the small size of these attractive little cephalaspids, they are unfortunately seldom seen by the casual marine observer.


Copyright © 1999 Robert F. Bolland
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