Godiva sp. 2
Known only from the Solomon Ids.
Twin Tunnels, Solomon Ids, November, 1997. 4-5cm long. Photo: Mary Jane Adams.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (July 11) Godiva sp. 2 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/godisp2
April 23, 2003
From: Bruce Potter
Over the Christmas break I did some diving in the Florida group of islands, in the Solomon Islands. On a dive site known as Freight Express I found this slug which I have not been able to identify.
It was on a hard coral garden area at about 12 meters deep. It was about 30mm long. I cannot be certain that the egg ribon belonged to it, but as they were close together, it seems very likely. I found another identical slug about 20 meters away crawling across the sand.
Potter, B., 2003 (Apr 23) Godiva from Solomon Islands. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8812
This is what I am calling Godiva sp. 2. I suspect the egg mass is a dorids rather than an aeolids, and it seems a bit large for this animal.
July 15, 2002
From: Mary Jane Adams
I was catching up on the Forum messages and recognized a slug picture from Bruce Potter. I believe it is the same species I photographed at Twin Tunnels in the Solomons in November, 1997. There were lots of them on this divesite at that time. They were about 4-5cm. long and seemed more colorful than they appear on film. I have looked for them on several subsequent dive trips, but haven't found any. Terry Goslinger told me it is an undescribed Godiva species. I am glad this
beautiful creature is making a come-back.
email@example.comAdams, M J., 2002 (Jul 15) Aeolid from the Solomon Islands. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6878
Thanks Mary Jane,
Now that we have more than one record, I'll give them their own page, as things tend to get lost on the unidentified pages. I am happy with Terry's suggestion that it is probably a spcies of Godiva so I'll call it Godiva sp. 2.
April 12, 2002
From: Bruce Potter
I found this one on Twin Tunnels, in the Florida Group, Solomon Islands. It was at about 20 meters. Can you ID it for me?
firstname.lastname@example.orgPotter, B., 2002 (Apr 12) Aeolid from Solomon Ids. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4125
This is an aeolid, almost certainly of the family Glaucidae. It has a very distinctive colour pattern but I can't say I recognise off hand.