Gymnodoris sp. e583

This unknown species is characerized by distinct white warts scattered over the body that is otherwise marked with patches of white and more or less evenly distributed orange spots. In some ways, it is similar to Gymnodoris cf okinawae from these pages, but in that species the white lumps are low, wider, and more numerous, and the orange spots form a distinct network around the white. Also in that species, the gills form a complete circle around the anus, while in the species on this page, the gill circle is open posteriorly. This one does appear to be the species called Gymnodoris sp. 1 in Gosliner et al (2008). So far this species is known in the Marshalls only from three specimens. The two specimens figured below were found mating under a rock on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon reef at a depth of 6m on 2 March 2009.

The next three shots show the larger specimen.

This is the smaller of the two. It had a bit more white background.

This shot of them mating was captured from video.

The specimen below was found on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon reef in 5m of water on 9 March 2009.

Created 5 March 2009
Updated 11 March 2009

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