Okenia felis

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Okenia felis
Okenia felis.jpg
Okenia felis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Onchidoridoidea
Family: Goniodorididae
Genus: Okenia
Species: O. felis
Binomial name
Okenia felis
Gosliner, 2010[1]

Okenia felis is a species of very small sea slug, specifically a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Goniodorididae. This species was first discovered in 2008 at Point Lobos State Reserve, in Monterey County, California, by local divers. It was named and described in 2010.

This species has so far been observed only in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California at 37-45 m depth. This Okenia is translucent white in color, with white flecks covering the body. The rhinophores are distinctive in that the ends are void of lamellae. The gill is made up of three branches. Reaching only about 7-8 mm in length, this deeper water species feeds on brown ctenostomatous bryozoans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gosliner T. M. (2010). "Two New Species of Nudibranch Mollusks From the Coast of California". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 66: 623-631. PDF