Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 3 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 10 - 19.812

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Depth range (m): 10 - 19.812
 
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Goniobranchus heatherae

The red-spotted nudibranch, scientific name Goniobranchus heatherae, is a species of colorful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch. It is a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.[1]

Distribution[edit]

This species has so far only been found around the southern African coast from the Cape Peninsula to Port Elizabeth, subtidally to 30 m. It is probably endemic.[2]

Description[edit]

The red-spotted nudibranch is a white-bodied dorid with a smooth skin and with variably distributed red spots and an opaque white band around the notum. There may also be a yellowish line around the edge of the notum, which is more common in specimens seen towards the eastern part of the distribution. It has eight gills arranged around the anus and its rhinophores are perfoliate. It may reach a total length of 50 mm.[3]

Ecology[edit]

This species feeds on sponges.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Goniobranchus heatherae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=597337 on 2012-05-03
  2. ^ GOSLINER, T.M. 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa ISBN 0-930118-13-8
  3. ^ ZSILAVECZ, G. 2007. Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. ISBN 0-620-38054-3
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