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Ceratodoris kendi

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Ceratodoris kendi

Author: (Gosliner, 2004)

Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Goniodorididae

Maximum Size: 30 mm

Sightings: Lembeh, Indonesia


Ceratodoris kendi (Gosliner, 2004)

Body shape is wide and flattened with a well-defined edge to the notum. From the notal edge eight pairs of long, slender, bluntly-tipped papillae arise with an additional single mid-dorsal papilla just anterior to the gill. The gill consists of three branches. Posterior to the gill, the tail is tapered and free of papillae. The rhinophores are long with many closely-sited lamellae.

Body colour of Ceratodoris kendi is cream with patches of brown to maroon pigment. Usually, the brown/maroon pigment presents as a dorsal longitudinal band that commences anterior to the rhinophores between which it passes before bifurcating around the mid-dorsal papillae and gill to rejoin posteriorly and continue along the tail. Papillae are brown/maroon with purple (sometimes yellow) towards the tips. Gill is cream with watery brown to distal half. The rhinophores are brown, sometime with white patches. A brown/maroon line runs laterally along the body beneath the notal edge. Colouration is variable and some quite pale specimens are known.

Note: The specimen presented here in the first three images has papillae that are short, either from retarded development or misadventure.

Feeds upon encrusting bryozoans. Often reported to be feeding on the underside of the brown “leafy” sponge Phyllospongia lamellosa (Gosliner,2004).

Distribution is generally Western Pacific, Philippines to Indonesia.

Originally described as: Okenia kendi.

David A. Mullins – May 2024

– Gosliner, T. M. (2004). Phylogenetic systematics of Okenia, Sakishimaia, Hopkinsiella and Hopkinsia (Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) with descriptions of new species from the tropical Indo-Pacific. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 55 (1/12), 125.

– Gosliner, T. M., Valde ́s, A ́. & Behrens, D. W. (2018). Nudibranch & Sea Slug Identification – Indo-Pacific, 2nd Edition. New World Publications, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

– Paz-Sedano, S., Moles, J., Smirnoff, D., Gosliner, T. M. & Pola, M. (2024). A combined phylogenetic strategy illuminates the evolution of Goniodorididae nudibranchs (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 192, 107990.


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