Trapania safracornia
Fahey, 2004

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Goniodorididae


This species has been found only in Western Australia.


28 meters on the north side of Rottnest Island, off Perth, Western Australia. 7-8 mm long. Photo: Graeme Gunness

This species can be distinguished from other species of Trapania by the external red-brown coloration without any overlying white spots. In addition, there are symmetrical white patches between the red-brown color that is overlaid with yellow pigment. Trapania safracornia can also be distinguished by a yellow-tipped tail and lateral processes and translucent red rhinophore clubs. The gill branches are translucent white with pinkish-tan apices. The radula morphology also differs from the externally most similar species, T. brunnea Rudman, 1987 found from the east and south coasts of Australia. The specimens examined from 28 meters on the north side of Rottnest Island, Western Australia, were 7-8 mm in length.

  • 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.

Authorship details
Fahey, S.J., 2005 (June 3) Trapania safracornia Fahey, 2004. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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