Goniobranchus pruna    (Gosliner, 1994)

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This species has been observed on Madagascar Island

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Doridoidea
Family : Chromodorididae
Distribution : Madagascar, South Africa and New Caledonia
Maximal size : 15 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

The body is opaque white with a narrow translucent white margin. Irregular orange patches are present around the margin

Irregular, dark plum spots are scattered over the notum. These spots are irregular in shape and have a diffuse poorly defined outline

The rhinophores are opaque white basally, while most of the clavus is orange with minute opaque white spots

The gills are translucent white and are largely covered with orange pigment minute opaque white spots

chromodoris kitae
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Photo Alain-Benoît Rassat
Madagascar, Patate de l'entrée, Nosy bé, 15 m, 21 August 2013, size : 15 mm

Remarks :

Identification confirmed by Hsini Lin
    Synonymous : (according Worms)
          - Chromodoris pruna , Gosliner, 1994

Bibliographic data :

Holotype; CASIZ 092490, Nosy Tanikely, Madagascar, 1 m, 14 April 1989, T. M. Gosliner
   A large patch of orange is present at the antero-medial end of the animal
   Etymology : The name "pruna" comes from the rosaceous genus Prunus, referring to the plum colored spots on the notum

References :

New caledonia : Chromodoris pruna

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)

Other photos of Goniobranchus pruna :

Alain-Benoît Rassat

Madagascar, Nosy bé, size : 6 mm


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