Trapania japonica from Hong Kong

February 2, 2002
From: Bill Rudman & Brian Darvell

Here is some information and photos on Trapania japonica from Brian Darvell's Hong Kong collections.

The colour pattern of dark brown spots and yellow lateral processes characterizes this species. Although described from a decolorized preserved specimen, the unique morphology of the radular teeth allowed this species to be reidentified. It grows to at least 11 mm long.

PHOTO:
AM C145291, 20 January 1985, Site 11.9, Ma Tsai Pai, Tiu Chung Chau, Port Shelter, 16 m, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Collection Records:
AM C145291, 20 January 1985, Site 11.9, Ma Tsai Pai, Tiu Chung Chau, Port Shelter, 16 m, Hong Kong.

Reference:
• Rudman, W.B. & Darvell, B.W. (1990) Opisthobranch molluscs of Hong Kong. Part 1. Goniodorididae, Onchidorididae, Triophidae, Gymnodorididae, Chromodorididae, (Nudibranchia). Asian Marine Biology, 7: 31-79

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman & Brian Darvell

Rudman, W.B. & Darvell, B.W., 2002 (Feb 2) Trapania japonica from Hong Kong. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6013

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