Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus daphne

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Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus daphne is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.

Appearance

Goniobranchus daphne is a chromodorid nudibranch which has a translucent white mantle with scattered red spots. The edge of the mantle is red grading into yellow on the inner side and there are numerous opaque white glands adjacent to this coloured band. The rhinophores are mostly red but translucent at the base. The gills have a deep pink outer rachis and white leaves. Compare with Goniobranchus splendidus, Goniobranchus hunterae and Goniobranchus tasmaniensis which all have similar coloration.

Distribution

Geography

This species was described from Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of a group of similar red-spotted chromodorids from south-eastern Australia which form a mimicry ring.

References

1. Goniobranchus daphne Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goniobranchus_daphne

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