Trapania vitta Gosliner & Fahey, 2008
This was one of twelve species described in Gosliner & Fahey, 2008. We still have sixteen more to name. Members of this genus are characterized by having a pair of extranbranchial and extrarhinophoral appendages.
T. vitta is pure white with orange-red on the rhinophores, gills, head tentacles and center line of tail. It is different from T. aurata, which has orange on the extrarhinophoral and extrabranchial appendages as well.
It is known throughout the western Pacific. It feeds on tiny entoprocts, living on sponges.
Gosliner T.M. & Fahey S.J. (2008) Systematics of Trapania (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) with descriptions of 16 new species. Systematics and Biodiversity 6(1): 53-98.
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Having dived in many areas of the world including UK, the Mediterranean, (Spain, France, Corsica), Red Sea, Bahamas, USA (Florida, California, Hawaii), St Lucia, Montserrat, South Africa, Madagascar, Brazil, Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia, the Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Lindsay now spends most of her time in Indonesia diving in places such as Bali, Alor, Lembeh as well as Komodo, Flores, Sumbawa, but has also recently ventured further afield to the species-rich Philippines.
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