Goniobranchus coi

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Goniobranchus coi
Chromodoris coi.jpg
Goniobranchus coi
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. coi
Binomial name
Goniobranchus coi
(Risbec, 1956)[1]
Synonyms[2]
  • Chromodoris coi (Risbec, 1956)
  • Glossodoris coi Risbec, 1956 (basionym)

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

Distribution[edit]

This species was described from Vietnam. It occurs in the tropical Western Pacific Ocean from Australia to the Philippines.[3]

Description[edit]

Goniobranchus coi has a white body and foot, but is instantly recognizable by its distinct dorsal pattern. The outer part of the mantle is yellow, separated from the inner light-brown part by a wavy white and black line. The outer edge of the mantle is brown, with a thin purple line at the margin. The gills and rhinophores range in colour between different individuals from translucent white, through pale-yellow and light-brown. This species reaches at least 50 mm in length.[4]

Ecology[edit]

Like most sea slugs in the superfamily Doridoidea, Goniobranchus coi feeds on sponges. It has been seen feeding on the sponge Chelonaplysilla violacea.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Risbec, J. 1956. Nudibranches du Viet-Nam. Archives du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris, series 7, 4:1-34, pls. 1-22.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Goniobranchus coi. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2012-05-01
  3. ^ Rudman, W.B., 1999 (October 17) Chromodoris coi (Risbec, 1956). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  4. ^ Rudman W.B. (1987) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris epicuria, C. aureopurpurea, C. annulata, C. coi and Risbecia tryoni colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 305-407. page(s): 395
  5. ^ Lau, A, 2005 (Dec 15) Chromodoris coi & sponges. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.

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