Goniobranchus cazae

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Goniobranchus cazae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Goniobranchus
Species: G. cazae
Binomial name
Goniobranchus cazae
Gosliner & Behrens, 2004 [1]

Chromodoris cazae Gosliner & Behrens, 2004 (basionym)

Goniobranchus cazae is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.[2][3]


This species was described from Khawr Faddan, United Arab Emirates.[4]


Goniobranchus cazae is a bright opaque white chromodorid nudibranch with irregular, well-defined, dark purple blotches on the mantle and a mantle margin of the same colour. There are raised yellow-orange spots in the purple patches. The gills and rhinophores are bright white.[5]


  1. ^ Gosliner, Terrence M. & David W. Behrens. (2004). Two of New Species of Dorid Nudibranchs (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia) from the Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 55(1): 1-10
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Goniobranchus cazae. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2012-05-01
  3. ^ Johnson R.F. & Gosliner T.M. (2012) Traditional taxonomic groupings mask evolutionary history: A molecular phylogeny and new classification of the chromodorid nudibranchs. PLoS ONE 7(4): e33479
  4. ^ Rudman, W.B., 2004 (July 10) Chromodoris cazae Gosliner and Behrens, 2004. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  5. ^ Keith Wilson, (2009). Goniobranchus cazae. On Flickr

Further reading[edit]

  • Debelius, H. & Kuiter, R.H. (2007) Nudibranchs of the world. ConchBooks, Frankfurt, 360 pp. ISBN 978-3-939767-06-0 page(s): 155
  • Gosliner, T.M., Behrens, D.W. & Valdés, Á. (2008) Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and seaslugs. A field guide to the world's most diverse fauna. Sea Challengers Natural History Books, Washington, 426 pp. page(s): 227
  • Bouchet, P.; Fontaine, B. (2009). List of new marine species described between 2002-2006. Census of Marine Life.