Godiva quadricolor (Barnard, 1927)

Salvador, Xavier, Fernández-Vilert, Robert & Moles, Juan, 2022, Sea slug night fever: 39 new records of elusive heterobranchs in the western Mediterranean (Mollusca: Gastropoda), Journal of Natural History 56 (5 - 8), pp. 265-310 : 285

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.1080/00222933.2022.2040630

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6771969

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/024087AB-D858-D122-9ADE-26C2FCB1F957

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Godiva quadricolor (Barnard, 1927)
status

 

Godiva quadricolor (Barnard, 1927) View in CoL View at ENA

( Figure 4 View Figure 4 (d))

Material examined

Cala Maset caves, Sant Feliu de Guíxols ( Spain), 41°47 ʹ 10.5”N, 3°2 ʹ 44.6”E, 31 December 2017, 2 m depth, 1 spc GoogleMaps ., L = 10 mm; 5 January 2018, 1.3 m depth, 1 spc., adult, L = 25 mm; 22 January 2018, 1.3 m depth, 1 spc., adult, L = 25 mm; 29 January 2018, 1.3 m depth, 1 spc., adult, L = 25 mm; Le Ponton, Étang de Thau , Sète ( France), 43°25 ʹ 28.5”N, 3°42 ʹ E, 8 April 2017, 1 m depth, 5 spc GoogleMaps ., adults and egg masses, L = 20–40 mm; 20 May 2018, 1 m depth, 4 spc., juveniles, adults and egg masses, L = 5–30 mm.

External morphology

Body elongate, narrow, background colour light orange with whitish-blue electric marks. Oral tentacles present a whitish blue line connecting apical part with base of rhinophores. Rhinophores conical, slightly annulated, whitish-yellow apically. Cerata abundant, smooth, base red, tops orange, blue and yellow.

Ecology

This species has a very broad diet ( Betti et al. 2015), and is commonly found eating anemones (e.g. the genera Anemonia and Aiptasia ), worms (e.g. Sabella ), and other heterobranchs such as Spurilla neapolitana (Delle Chiaje, 1841) .

Distribution

This is an invasive species originally from South Africa and the Pacific Sea [e.g. Australia ( Nimbs and Smith 2017), Hawaii ( Gosliner 1980), now found in Italy, France, the Mediterranean Spanish coast: Andalucía ( Zenetos et al. 2016; Gerovasileiou et al. 2017) and Catalonia (this study).

Remarks

This species is a large facelinid with a very characteristic colour pattern, making it difficult to misidentify. In the Étang de Thau, France, the species is very abundant during spring.]

Family PISEINOTECIDAE Edmunds, 1970

Genus Piseinotecus Er. Marcus, 1955

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Mollusca

Class

Gastropoda

Order

Nudibranchia

Family

Myrrhinidae

Genus

Godiva