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Godiva sp. 02

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Godiva sp. 02

Author: Undescribed

Order: Nudibranchia  Family: Myrrhinidae

Maximum Size: 30 mm

Sightings: Sunshine Coast

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Godiva sp. 02 Undescribed

To our knowledge our Godiva sp. 02 has only, thus far, been reported from the Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

The body of Godiva sp. 02 is translucent white with some watery orange tinting. Opaque white pigment covers the face and head and appears as patches medially on the dorsum midline.

The oral tentacles are long and tapered. Orange lines run anteriorly from the rhinophore base out along the dorsal surface of the oral tentacles for varying lengths. A similar orange line runs anteriorly from beneath the rhinophores along the edge of the notum to the ventral surface of the oral tentacles. Rhinophores are either smooth or weakly annulate, translucent white with a watery orange subapical band. Cerata appear to be arranged in three to five clusters down both sides of the dorsum. Cerata are translucent with the brown digestive gland visible internally. Some cerata have a light sprinkling of opaque white pigment sometimes giving it a “dirty” appearance. There is a wide mauve band located approximately 2/3rds along each ceras followed by an adjacent yellow or white subapical band and a translucent tip.

The foot is translucent white, the tail long and tapered with opaque white pigment dorsally, transitioning to a pale translucent mauve at about a distance of 1/3 along its length. The anterior corners of the foot are well-developed into propodial tentacles covered in white pigment.

Godiva sp. 02 bears some similarity to the Godiva sp. (Loloata Godiva) of Coleman, 2008, p.269.

David A. Mullins – November 2023

References:
– Coleman, N. (2008). Nudibranchs Encyclopedia. Neville Coleman’s Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, Springwood, Qld.

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

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