OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Pleurobranchus forskali Ruppell & Leuckart, 1828 (165mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Pleurobranchus forskali is considered to be common on Okinawa. Although a total of twelve individuals have been collected since April of 1987, many more have been seen/photographed but not collected. My experience with this beautiful notaspid is to find it primarily during night time dives or minus tide reef walks conducted at night. I've added an additional page showing an example of a 7mm juvenile.

        The following six Pleurobranchus species are currently known from Okinawan waters:


Page Date: 12 Jan '98
Page Modification Date: 02 Jul '12
Digitally manipulated photo
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