OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Tambja limaciformis (Eliot, 1908) 13mm

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Tambja limaciformis is considered to be uncommon on Okinawa; I've seen this attractive little polycerid exclusively at a single site (Horseshoe Cliffs). I've found it in two primary areas, separated by perhaps 80m. I've always found it in a mixed live/dead stony coral reef environment, frequently in close proximity with a brown alga, Acanthophora sp., situated 5 to 10m from the reef edge.

        A total of nine individuals have been collected (May, 1991 through July, 1994); all specimens appear to be similar in appearance without appreciable variation in either color or pattern.


Copyright © 1999 Robert F. Bolland
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