Gymnodoris okinawae (Baba, 1936)

Gymnodoris okinawae
Gymnodoris okinawae
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 30 October 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 1 December 2001
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
10m
Distribution:

Uncommon to rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Recorded from Japan, in Australia from Lord Howe Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Ecological Notes:

Found on sea grass and rocky reef to about 15 m depth. A voracious predator of other opisthobranchs.

Additional Notes:

Translucent pale body with large white pustules and orange spots. The gills and rhinophores are similar to the body colour, the large gills opening widely when the animal is active. Grows to 40 mm.

References:

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.247.

Undersea Jewels, A colour guide to nudibranchs, Gary Cobb and Richard C Willan. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra, 2006. p.91.