Goniobranchus aureopurpureus (Collingwood, 1881)

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus
Photographer: 
C Buchanan
Date: 
Monday, 1 January 1990
Location: 
Split Solitary Island
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus
Photographer: 
Larry Thornton
Date: 
Tuesday, 1 March 1994
Location: 
Station Creek Headland
Distribution:

Very rare in Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found in Indo-West Pacific, but mainly south west Pacific. In Australia recorded from Heron Island and Port Stephens in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Found in inter-tidal areas to a depth of 20 m. Known to feed on sponges of the genus Euryspongia.

Additional Notes:

This small dorid is characterised by yellow to golden brown irregular spots on a white mantle. The mantle edge has a band of watery purple, darker spots with yellow crescents or spots around these darker areas. Previously known as Chromodoris aureopurpurea. Grows to 35 mm.

References:

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.131.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/chroaure. Accessed 07/08/18.