Goniodoris sp. e060

For some time, I was lumping these with Goniodoris aspersa, which I am now convinced is a different species. Goniodoris sp. e060 is less common, but has been found at Enewetak and Kwajalein Atolls, usually under rocks on lagoon reefs and pinnacles. Christina Sylvester found 30 or more specimens in shallow water on the lagoon side of Kwajalein Island in the summer of 2017, possibly indicating a good settling this year.

These three photos show a specimen from a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon reef in a patch of Halimeda algae. It was first observed on the colonial tunicate shown in the first photo. It was found 4 July 2009 at a depth of 22m, and was a large one measuring 17mm in length.

The next specimen was found under a rock on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle at a depth of about 6m on 6 June 2010.

Here is a more distant shot of a pair under a rock on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle from 11 July 2011.

Created 3 January 2007
Updated 11 August 2017

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