Diaphorodoris olakhalafi

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Diaphorodoris olakhalafi
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Ola Khalaf's Nudibranch (Diaphorodoris olakhalafi Khalaf, 2017) from Dibba Sea, Gulf of Oman, East Coast of the United Arab Emirates.
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D. olakhalafi
Binomial name
Diaphorodoris olakhalafi
Khalaf, 2017

Diaphorodoris olakhalafi is a species of dorid nudibranch in the family Calycidorididae. It is found in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coasts of the United Arab Emirates and the Musandam Governorate of Oman.[1] It was identified as a species new to science in 2017, and was named in honour of the discoverer's wife, Ola Khalaf.

Size[edit]

Diaphorodoris olakhalafi is a small nudibranch reaching a length of 10 mm.

Diet[edit]

Ola Khalaf's nudibranch is feeding on encrusting colonial bryozoans.

Habitat[edit]

Diaphorodoris olakhalafi lives in rocky and coral reefs to a depth of 20 meters.

Distribution[edit]

It lives in rocky and coral reefs off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates and Musandam in the Gulf of Oman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa, Norman; Khalaf, Ola (May 2017). "Diaphorodoris olakhalafi Khalaf, 2017 : A New Dorid Nudibranch Sea Slug Species from the Sea of Khorfakkan, Gulf of Oman, Arab Sea, Indian Ocean". Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin. ISSN 0178-6288. Number 149, pp. 31-47. Dubai and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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