Okenia mica

Okenia mica Ortea & Moro, 2014

Okenia mica @ Gran Canaria by Mario Matute

Taxonomy
 

Superdomain

Biota  

 

Kingdom

Animalia  

 

Phylum

Mollusca  

 

Class

Gastropoda  

 

Subclass

Heterobranchia  

 

Infraclass

Euthyneura  

 

Subterclass

Ringipleura  

 

Superorder

Nudipleura  

 

Order

Nudibranchia  

 

Suborder

Doridina  

 

Infraorder

Doridoidei  

 

Superfamily

Onchidoridoidea  

 

Family

Goniodorididae  

 

Genus

Okenia  

 

Species

Okenia mica  Ortea & Moro, 2014

 
 Classification according to Bouchet et al. (2017)
Taxonomic source: World Register of Marine Species (AphiaID: 828311).
Description
Adult animals do not exceed 3 mm in length. Body shape is limaciform and slender, about 6 times as long as it is wide, with a narrow transparent crest that surrounds the notum, in which there are five translucent white papillae with opaque white spots. The smallest papilla, with a yellow spotted base, is located in front of each rhinophore; three longer papillae are arranged between the rhinophores and the gill, and the fifth, the longest, is located behind the gill. Two large dorsal papillae appear between the rhinophores and the gill, the largest being the one located on the cardiac prominence, in front of the gill. It lacks a frontal veil. The dorsal coloration of the body is whitish, with more or less diffused reddish spots that form a large spot behind the rhinophores. The sides of the body have red and white spots, more abundant towards the tail. Rhinophores proportionally large compared to the size of the animal, with a white distal mucron and 4-5 lamellae on the upper half, spotted red and all similarly sized. The lower half of the rhinophores is smooth with reddish spots. The head has two cylindrical oral tentacles with white ends. The gill is small, made up of three branchial leaves of the same color as the body; the central leaf is bipinnate and the lateral ones are unipinnate. The mantle has a structure of spicules related to the dorsal papillae, the gill and the paleal crest, the sides of the body have no spicules except under the eyes.

Biology
The egg spawn is a cord of 0.5 mm in diameter folded on itself with white eggs of about 80 μm in diameter. The eggs form transverse lines of 5-6 eggs, arranged in 2-3 layers inside the cord. The specimens used for its description were collected from a submerged line at a depth of about 2 meters, and among the bryozoans of a submerged wall at a depth of about 4 meters.

Etymology

  • mica, from Latin mica-ae, crumb, particle, because of its small size.

Distribution
This species has only been cited in the Canary Islands, in Tenerife (specimens of the original description), Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

Known georeferenced records of the species: Okenia mica
Sources:
: OBIS
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: GBIF.ORG
: OPK
: VIMAR
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions

Abundance

    Western Mediterranean: ☆☆☆☆☆
    Eastern Mediterranean: ☆☆☆☆☆
    Atlantic Ocean: ★☆☆☆☆
Month

This chart displays the monthly observation probability for Okenia mica based on our own records.

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Further reading

Cite this article as:

Pontes, Miquel (2023) "Okenia mica" in OPK-Opistobranquis. Published: 19/01/2023. Accessed: 02/02/2023. Available at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/wQOB2)

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