Trapania naeva
Gosliner & Fahey, 2008

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Goniodorididae


Widespread in the Indo-Pacific (Tanzania, Kenya, Rodrigues, Reunion, Maldives, Western Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, southern Japan).


Upper: Osprey Reef, 15 m, Queensland, Australia, Coral Sea, 05 June 2005, coral reef. Photographer: Colin Gans. Lower left: CASIZ 144067,  Kerama Islands, Ryukyu, Japan, 7 mm. Photo: A. Ono. Lower right: CASIZ 144067. Radular morphology. Scale =10 µm. [From Gosliner & Fahey 2008: Fig. 28C].

The body is translucent white with large rounded spots of dark brown or black scattered over the body. The anterior tentacular foot corners are white, but the oral tentacles, the dorso-lateral processes, the rhinophores and the gills are dark brown or black except for a short white basal region.  

It is reported to grow to at least 20 mm in length.

Note: This species was previously known on the Forum as Trapania sp. 1.

  • Gosliner, T.M. & Fahey, S.H. (2008)  Systematics of Trapania (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) with descriptions of 16 new species Systematics and Biodiversity, 6 (1): 53-98

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2008 (March 10) Trapania naeva Gosliner & Fahey, 2008. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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