OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Glossodoris tomsmithi Bertsch & Gosliner, 1989 (23mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Glossodoris tomsmithi is a terribly attractive small to moderate sized chromodorid which is readily identified by the multiple small dense opaque nodal spots on the dorsal surface overlying a darker background, and the presence of a white emarginated notum. The only other Glossodoris species found here which is similar, is G. pallida, which unlike G. tomsmithi, has several larger central opaque markings overlying a white translucent body, as well as a yellow emarginated notum.

        I've collected a total of eight specimens, although others have been seen, but not collected. All collected specimens were found at the same site (Horseshoe Cliffs), and at the same depth (3m).


Page Date: 31 Mar '97
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