A New Species of Predatory Nudibranch
(Gastropoda: Trinchesiidae) of the Coral Pavona decussata
Nudibranch in the genus Phestilla
are usually predators of hard corals, but their diversity may have been
underestimated and their impact on coral health is unknown. Hu et al.
(2020) described Phestilla goniophaga
sp. nov., the first named predatory nudibranch species of the flowerpot
coral genus Goniopora.
The new species is characterized by a large number of long cerata, a
white rounded hump on the notum, and bright orange egg masses forming a
coiled ribbon. Given its association with the common coral genus Goniopora, this nudibranch is
expected to be widely distributed in the West Pacific.
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