OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Paradoris sp. 2 (5mm)
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:

        Paradoris sp. 2 is considered to be rare in Okinawan waters. Atsushi Ono reports (pers. comm.) seeing only three animals and I've personally never seen the animal in the waters of Okinawa's main island. Atsushi considers the animal to be very rare in waters of the Keramas *. Atsushi's photograph was taken from the waters of Gali Island on the 21st of February, 2010 and reports finding it on a rock of a coral reef environment. Atsushi's photographs are used here with his kind permission.

        In a personal communication from Terry Gosliner (Jan, 2012) he mentioned that "there seems to be quite a bit of variation in color forms in what we have been calling Paradoris sp. 1-3 (see: Gosliner, et al 2008, p. 166). How many distinct species are found in this complex is uncertain. I am pretty sure Ono-san's animal is in this group." Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum has images of several unknown Paradoris members, similar to those of Atsushi's animals.

        I've added a second page with two additional images of Paradoris sp. 2. In addition, I've previously featured another unknown Paradoris sp.

Literature Cited:


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


Page Date: 01 Jan '15
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