Image courtesy of John Greenamyer
Godiva sp. 1 (in NSSI 2nd ED)
Members of the genus Godiva are amazingly colorful aeolid nudibranchs. It is hard to believe that this beauty is still undescribed.
Unlike most species of Godiva that feed on hydroids, this critter has a nasty habit of feeding on other aeolids, especially Godiva sp. 6 in NSSI 2nd Edition.
This species is easy to identify because of its opaque white patches separated by dark orange lines. The cerata are also characteristic having a bright purple to blue medial band. A similar band occurs on the rhinophores and oral tentacles. The rhinophores are weakly annulate.
This undescribed species, which can reach 30mm in length, is known from throughout the Western and central Pacific Oceans.
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John Greenamyer has been diving some thirty years with a macro u/w photography pursuit using both still photography and video. His favorite diving areas are PNG and Indonesia with an emphasis on PNG, especially the Milne Bay region so popularized for its "muck" photographic opportunities. On many of these trips, he was in the company of Roger Steene, Neville Coleman and Ali Hermosillo on the CHERTAN!
John has been kind of a mentor to me when it comes to super macro sea slug videos! John is also a great supporter of the site and I look forward to diving with him again in the future!
Congratulations John, your naming is an honor richly deserved!
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This new 2nd Edition is updated and reorganized, including 185 new species. Among other features, the new edition includes additional photographs of species, an identification key, and an up-to-date classification reflecting the latest evolutionary relationships. The Indo-Pacific represents the largest expanse of tropical ocean in the world, stretching from the Indian Ocean coast of southern Africa and the Red Sea to the central Pacific of the Hawaiian Islands, Easter Island and the Marquesas.
This region supports the most diverse marine fauna of any place in the world for most groups of marine organisms. The nudibranchs and sea slugs are no exception to this rule; there are about 3,000 described species of these organisms in the world and at least 40% of these have been found exclusively in the Indo-Pacific tropics. This book illustrates 2,138 Indo-Pacific nudibranchs and sea slugs, including many undescribed species.