OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Phyllodesmium kabiranum Baba, 1991 (56mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Phyllodesmium kabiranum is considered to be very rare on Okinawa as I have seen and collected a total of only three individuals over a period of a good many years of diving here. Baba (1991) described the animal from Ishigaki-jima, which is approximately 450km SW of the southern end of Okinawa; his description is based on a single specimen (35mm alive). The name is derived from the name of the city, Kabira, located near the collection site.

        As of this date there are twelve described Phyllodesmium species found here in the waters of Okinawa. The twelve species are:

Literature Cited:


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