Trapania safracornia

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Trapania safracornia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea
Superfamily: Onchidoridoidea
Family: Goniodorididae
Genus: Trapania
Species: T. safracornia
Binomial name
Trapania safracornia
Fahey, 2004[1]

Trapania safracornia is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Goniodorididae.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This species was described from Rottnest Island, Western Australia. It has been found at a number of sites in Western Australia.[3]

Description[edit]

The body of this goniodorid nudibranch is black or dark brown with white markings. The gills, oral tentacles and tail are tipped with white pigment. The lateral papillae are also white, sometimes with brown near the base and the body has patches of white at the base of the rhinophores and gills.[3]

Ecology[edit]

Trapania safracornia feeds on Entoprocta which often grow on sponges and other living substrata.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fahey, S. J. (2004) A new species of Trapania (Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) from Western Australia with comparisons to other Indo-West Pacific Trapania. Zootaxa, 514: 1-12.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P. (2015). Trapania safracornia. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2015-10-20
  3. ^ a b Fahey, S.J., 2005 (June 3) Trapania safracornia Fahey, 2004. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  4. ^ Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Jun 4) Feeding in Trapania safracornia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.