Haminoea japonica
(Pilsbry, 1895)

Family: Haminoeidae


North Pacific both west and east coasts. Atlantic coast of Spain, Venice Lagoon (Mediterranean). If identification correct this species is apparently endemic to the northwestern Pacific, but has spread to the north American Pacific coast and the Atlantic coast of Spain and also to the Venice Lagoon.


Lake Merritt, California, USA. Photographer: Dave Behrens

As mentioned in Dave Behren's accompanying message [#17702] this species was described as a new species, Haminoea callidegenita Gibson & Chia, 1989 but is now being considered a junior synonym of the Japanese species, Haminoea japonica (also reported as Haloa japonica) [see Behrens & Hermosillo, 2005]. A full anatomical comparison of H. callidegenita and H. japonica from from both Japan and the eastern North Pacific is in preparation (Gosliner & Behrens, in prep).

One external character is the very pronounced cleft between the two posterior lobes of the head shield. As H. callidegenita this species has had a biological 'claim to fame' as a species with two development types, some specimens producing lecithotrophic - non-feeding planktotrophic - larvae, and others capsular metamorphic larvae, which undergo development, including a veliger stage, within the egg capsule, before hatching. As Haminoea japonica, this species was long placed in a genus Haloa, but there are no anatomical differences between it and Haminoea [see Rudman, 1971a, b).

  • Alvarez, L.A., Martínez E., Cigarría, J., Rolán, E. & Villani, G. (1993) Haminaea callidegenita Gibson & Chia, 1989 (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea), a Pacific species introduced in European coasts. Iberus, 11(2): 59-65.
  • Behrens, D. W. and Hermosillo, A. (2005) Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs. A Guide to the Opisthobranchs from Alaska to Central America. Monterey, California, Sea Challengers.  1-137.
  • Gibson, G.D. & Chia F.S. (1989) Description of a new species of Haminoea, Haminoea callidegenita (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia), with a comparison with two other Haminoea species found in the northeast Pacific. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 67: 914-922.
  • Gibson, G.D., and Chia, F.-S. 1989b. Developmental variability (pelagic and benthic) in Haminoea callidegenita (Opisthobranchia:
    Cephalaspidea) is influenced by egg mass jelly. Biol. Bull. (Woods Hole), 176: 103–110.
  • Gibson, G. D. & Chia, F.S. (1995) Development variability in the poecilogonous opisthobranch Haminoea calledegenita: life history traits and effects of environmental parameters. Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 121(1-3): 139-155.
  • Marín A., Alvarez, L.A., Cimino, G. & Spinella, A. (1999) Chemical defense in Cephalaspidean Gastropods: origin, anatomical location and ecological roles. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 65: 121-131.
  • Rudman, W.B. (1971): On the opisthobranch genus Haminoea Turton & Kingston. Pacific Science, 25(4): 545-59, 12 figs.
  • Rudman, W.B. (1971) Structure and functioning of the gut in the bullomorpha (Opisthobranchia) Part 1. Herbivores. Journal of Natural History, 5(6): 647-675, 18 figs.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2006 (October 25) Haminoea japonica (Pilsbry, 1895). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/hamijapo

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