|The nudibranch Godiva quadricolor, 40 mm long, Algoa Bay, South Africa, 18-20 m.|
Hervia quadricolor Barnard, 1927 (original combination)
This species was described from St. James, False Bay, South Africa. It occurs on the South African coast from the Cape Peninsula to East London, intertidally to 20 m. It has also been reported from the Mediterranean, off western Australia and West Africa.
Godiva quadricolor is a slender pale-bodied nudibranch with many cerata striped in bands of blue, yellow and orange. Its head is orange with rugose orange rhinophores and has a pair of orange oral tentacles with a white central stripe. Specimens from Western Australia differ significantly in colour and may represent another species.
Godiva quadricolor preys on hydroids and on other nudibranchs. Its egg ribbon is a globular mass of white zigzags.
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- Willan, R.C. (1987) Phylogenetic systematics and zoogeography of Australian nudibranchs. 1. Presence of the aeolid Godiva quadricolor (Barnard) in Western Australia. Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia, 8: 71-85.
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