OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Thorunna daniellae (Kay & Young, 1969) 10mm

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Thorunna daniellae is considered to be rare on Okinawa; I've seen and collected a total of five individuals as of early June, 2000. The above featured animal was found during a daytime SCUBA excursion crawling amid live stony corals at the reef edge. I've included an image of an additional animal (9mm from a depth of three meters at Seragaki, Okinawa), collected on the 17th of April, 1993.

        Rudman's description (1990) of the species' shape and color agree nicely with the Okinawan material, including the rhythmic waving of the gills.

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