Godiva sp. 03
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Godiva sp. 03
Order: Nudibranchia Family: Myrrhinidae
Maximum Size: 5 mm
Sightings: Sunshine Coast
Godiva sp. 03 Undescribed
This appears to be yet another undescribed species of Godiva from the Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
The whole body is mauve to blue in colour including the face, head, dorsum and tail. The rhinophores are smooth and watery orange in colour, the intensity of which increases distally. Eye spots are visible at the base of the rhinophores posteriorly. The long tapering oral tentacles are mauve on the basal half and cream on the distal half. The cheeks below the rhinophores are orange that faintly extend onto the oral tentacles. Cerata appear to be in two to three clusters with the medial-most longest. The digestive gland in the cerata is light brown and visible for the basal half. Mauve to blue pigment covers most of the distal half with a dark purple spot subapically on some cerata. A cream cnidosac is visible just below the translucent tip. The foot is translucent. Propodial tentacles are well-developed and translucent. The tail is long slender and tapering being mauve to blue in colour for the entire length.
David A. Mullins – November 2023
– Gosliner, T. M., Valde ́s, A ́. & Behrens, D. W. (2018). Nudibranch & Sea Slug Identification – Indo-Pacific, 2nd Edition. New World Publications, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.