Goniobranchus kitae    (Gosliner, 1994)

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Doridoidea
Family : Chromodorididae
Distribution : Madagascar and South Africa
Maximal size : 18 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The body is translucent white. Along the margin and on the notum are scattered spots of dark purple. Immediately inside the erea of outer purple spots are concentration of reflective yellow or orange yellow granules

The gills and rhinophores are gray-brown

There are numerous small opaque white spots arranged in distinct row along the edges of the rhinophoral lamellae and gill pinnae

chromodoris kitae
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Photo Terry Gosliner
Madagascar, Tan

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Biil rudman and Terry Gosliner .
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
          - Chromodoris kitae, Gosliner, 1994

Bibliographic data :

Holotype; CASIZ 092488, Nosy Tanikely, Madagascar, 1 m, 21 April 1992, T. M. Gosliner
   The gill consists of eight unipinnate branchial leaves.
   Etymology : This species is named for my friend and colleague Katharine Stewart, who made it possible for me to make two expeditions to survey the opistobranch fauna of Madagascar

References :

Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Chromodoris kitae

Publications :

Gosliner, T.M. (1994) New species of Chromodoris and Noumea (Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) from the western Indian Ocean and southern Africa. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 48(12) : 239-252. (8 figs)

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