Okenia cf. echinata

Image courtesy of Christiane Waldrich
Photo taken at Seraya Secrets, Bali, Indonesia

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Okenia cf. echinata Baba, 1949

This photo came to me identified as Okenia echinata. I guess it could be - pretty close. Doesn't look anything like the O. echinata in Nudibranchs - Encyclopedia, but does have some similarity to the photos in Nudibranchs of the World and Opisthobranchs of Izu Peninsula, and Opisthobranchs of Japan Islands. Its occurrence in Bali is a huge extension of the known geographic range. Christiane's specimen has a much wider white band around the edge of the foot and lacks the white spots over the body, characteristic in Japanese specimens. The papillations covering the dorsum are much longer and thinner than the Japanese specimens as well, leaving me to use c.f., maybe a new distinct species. Sure hope Christiane collected it.

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May., 2013
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