This species has been found only in Western Australia.
28 meters on the north side of Rottnest Island, off Perth, Western Australia. 7-8 mm long. Photo: Graeme Gunness
This species can be distinguished from other species of Trapania by the external red-brown coloration without any overlying white spots. In addition, there are symmetrical white patches between the red-brown color that is overlaid with yellow pigment. Trapania safracornia can also be distinguished by a yellow-tipped tail and lateral processes and translucent red rhinophore clubs. The gill branches are translucent white with pinkish-tan apices. The radula morphology also differs from the externally most similar species, T. brunnea Rudman, 1987 found from the east and south coasts of Australia. The specimens examined from 28 meters on the north side of Rottnest Island, Western Australia, were 7-8 mm in length.
- Fahey, S. J. (2004) A new species of Trapania (Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) from Western Australia with comparisons to other Indo-West Pacific Trapania. Zootaxa, 514: 1-12.
Fahey, S.J., 2005 (June 3) Trapania safracornia Fahey, 2004. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/trapsafr
Trapania safracornia from Fremantle WA
From: Brent Murdoch, January 24, 2007
Trapania safracornia? on eggs
From: Tom Davis, August 26, 2006
Trapania brunnea? in Perth, West Australia
From: Tom Davis, June 14, 2006
Feeding in Trapania safracornia
From: Bill Rudman, June 4, 2005
From: Shireen Fahey, June 4, 2005