Goniobranchus obsoletus

Goniobranchus obsoletus (Rüppell & Leuckart, 1831)

Goniobranchus obsoletus @ Gordon beach, Tel Aviv , Israel by Tal Shema


  • Casella obsoleta (Rüppell & Leuckart, 1831)
  • Chromodoris obsoleta (Rüppell & Leuckart, 1831)
  • Doris obsoleta Rüppell & Leuckart, 1830 (original)




  • Obsoletus. From Latin “obsoletus”, hackneyed, worn-out, dilapidated.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Goniobranchus obsoletus
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions


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This chart displays the monthly observation probability for Goniobranchus obsoletus based on our own records.

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Ballesteros, M., Madrenas, E. & Pontes, M. (2023) "Goniobranchus obsoletus" in OPK-Opistobranquis. Published: 11/08/2015. Accessed: 07/06/2023. Available at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/L9wiE)

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