Goniobranchus reticulatus

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Goniobranchus reticulatus
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. reticulatus
Binomial name
Goniobranchus reticulatus
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)[1]
  • Chromodoris reticulata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
  • Doris reticulata Quoy & Gaimard, 1832 (basionym)
  • Risbecia reticulata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)

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


This marine species occurs off the Philippines.


The length of the body reaches 100 mm.

The species is hermaphroditic, with both male and female organs active at the same time. After mating, the external portion of the penis detaches, but is able to regrow within 24 hours.[4][5]



  1. ^ Quoy, J. R. C., & J. P. Gaimard. 1832-1833. Voyage de découvertes de l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sous le commandement de M. J. Dumont d'Urville. Zoologie, Mollusca 2:1-686 [1832, 1833], Atlas, pls. 1-26 [1833].
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Goniobranchus reticulatus. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2012-05-07
  3. ^ Rudman W.B. (1984) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: a review of the genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 81 (2/3): 115-273. page(s): 207 Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2012-02-26
  4. ^ Rebecca Morelle (12 February 2013). "Sea slug's 'disposable penis' surprises". BBC News.
  5. ^ Sekizawa, A.; Seki, S.; Tokuzato, M.; Shiga, S.; Nakashima, Y. (2013). "Disposable penis and its replenishment in a simultaneous hermaphrodite". Biology Letters. 9 (2): 20121150. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.1150. PMC 3639767. PMID 23407499.
  • Rudman, W.B. (1984). "The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: a review of the genera". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 81 (2/3): 115–273 [207]. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1984.tb01174.x.
  • 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): 221
  • 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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033479.