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Acknowledgments

Two people played huge roles in the comprehensiveness and accuracy of this site:

Dr. Terry Gosliner of the California Academy of Sciences became interested in Hawaiian opisthobranchs early in his career and they have held a special place in his studies ever since. He has described and continues to describe many new Hawaiian species and specializes in opisthobranch evolutionary history. We have been extremely lucky to have received his expertise and guidance for the past 19 years and we sincerely thank him for helping us to bring this project to it current state.

Scott Johnson is another figure who is prominent on the Hawaiian opisthobranch scene. We can never know how many people fell in love with Hawaiian nudibranchs as a result of his and Hans Bertsch's book of the same title. We both referred to it often in the early years of our studies and it gave nudibranch enthusiasts a starting point from which to learn more and let them know they were not alone in their appreciation of these animals. For our project, Scott graciously made his previously unpublished photos and data available which added a number of species to the list as well as valuable distributional and behavioral data.

We would like to express our thanks to John Hoover for providing photos and data from Oahu, and for his encouragement and periodic inquiries as to when we would be done (his impatience for us to publish almost exceeded our own). Also, sincere gratitude to Mike Severns for photos, specimens and years of support and interest. Mike was key to the two of us meeting and to the early development of our project. Sincere thanks, as well, to Dr. Jerry Flora for endless encouragement and inspiration over many years and to Norman and Linda Nelson for lodging, transportation and support during many lengthy stays at Camp Pecusa on Maui.

We would also like to thank Dr. Robert Cowie and Regina Kawamoto for assistance in working with the collection at Bishop Museum and permission to photograph selected shells. Our thanks, also, to the participants in the 2006 CREEFS cruise to French Frigate Shoals for assistance and specimens as well as to the crew and staff of the Arthur Elton Sette for support. We thank Dr. Christopher Kelley for providing photos of deep water species from the HURL archives and Dr. Bill Rudman for his comments on our submissions to his forum and for creating that invaluable resource. Also, thanks to Noelani Weyas, Tim Aubrey and Jessica Aubrey for support at Camp Olowalu during stays on Maui and to Dr. Gustav Paulay for assistance during visits to the Florida Museum of Natural History, great encouragement over the years and help with taxonomy and ranges. Thanks to Dr. Chip Fletcher for permission to use the Coastal Geology Group aerial photos. Thanks to Kerry Reardon and Molly Timmers for providing further Northwest Hawaiian Islands data. Also, our thanks for specimens, photos and support to the participants in the 2017 MarineGeo Kaneohe Bay survey and to the staff of the Smithsonian, HIMB and other organizations affiliated with that effort.

In addition, we thank the following researchers for their assistance with identifications and data in their areas of expertise: Phil Alderslade (information on octocorals), John van Aartsen (identification of pyramidellids & relatives), Clay Carlson (photo of young Atagema echinata & data), Carlo M. Cunha (aplysiid identification), Shireen Fahey (information on dorids), Larry Harris (Oahu Tenellia photos & data), Leslie Harris (polychaet identification), Sam Kahng (information on Phyllodesmium poindimiei), Elizabeth Kools (assistance during visits to California Academy of Sciences), Katie LeFevre (ctenophore information), Jean Letourneux (information on cephalaspidean distributions), Manuel Malaquias (information on Bulla & other cephalaspideans), Karla McDermid (algae identification), Leslie Newman (flatworm identification), John Slapcinsky (assistance during visits to Florida Museum of Natural History), Cynthia Trowbridge (information on Placida), Angel Valdez (assistance during visits to California Academy of Sciences & Maui photos), Daniel Wagner (information on Tritoniopsis cf. elegans), Richard Willan (information on Doris) and Gary Williams (information on octocorals).

Many many divers, some enthusiastically and some with mock derision, have contributed in ways large and small. Some gushed with enthusiasm over every new nudibranch they photographed or brought to us. There were others (you know who you are) who contributed but didn't necessarily share our excitement over the slugs, and so we had to listen to our share of tongue-in-cheek comments about how someone had swept things like this off the floor for years or cleaned such things out of their pool filters, etc. Most, however, shared the passion.

We thank the following friends for photos, specimens and data (data from Maui unless otherwise noted): Elizabeth Adams (data), Todd Aki (Dendrodoris krusensternii photo), Jennifer Alexander (data), Ashton Allgood (Platydoris formosa photos), Jennifer Anderson (Carminodoris bifurcata data), Kent Backman (Midway data), Billy Ball (Cerberilla sp. #2 data & Plocamopherus maculatus photo), Evan Barba (Tenellia sp. #24 photo), Laura and Edward Blackshaw (Ardeadoris angustolutea record & other Oahu photos), Warren Blum (Tambja morosa photo, other data),  Laura Bodell (Berthella martensi photos), Camille Boostrom (Asteronotus cespitosus photo), Curly Boyer (Pleurobranchus forskalii photo), Jeremy Bricco (Dendrodoris tuberculosa photo and Goniobranchus sp. #6 record), Erika Brigante (Herviella mietta photo), Bruce Carlson (Midway data), John, Mike and Dan Cesere (Noumea sp. #4, Haminoea cymbalum photos), Rhiannon Combs (Euselenops luniceps Oahu data), John Coney (photo of Phyllidia exquisita), Anna Curtis (Diaphorodoris sp. #1 record), Al Cymbaluk (behavioral data on Hexabranchus predators), Matthew D'Avella (Clio Pyramidata & Corolla spectabilis photos), Nikki Decker (Ercolania sp. #7 photos), Dan Diaz (Glossodoris atromarginata photo), Rachel Domingo (Umbraculum sp. #3 photo), Elizabeth Donadio (Kauai data), Jamie Dutton (Ceratophyllidia photo), Rod and Ruth Dyerly (educational opportunities), John Earle (mating Hexabranchus pulchelus photo), Pete Ely (photos), Jon Felis (Niihau data), Joseph Fell-McDonald (Asteronotus cespitosus in tide pool), Greg Furstenwerth (Molokai data), Amy Fine (Big Island-Janolus toyamensis data), Dave Fleetham (specimens & data), Gretchen Frankenstein (Big Island data), Kay Frankenstein (Big Island data), Melanie Frey (Aplysia argus egg masses), Jaret Frye (Flabellina cf. rubropurpurata photo), Mark Giammarinaro (Flabellina cf. rubropurpurata data), Scott Godwin (Thuridilla neona photo), Jessica Goodheart (data), Cassidy Grattan (Kauai data and Glaucus marginatus record), Cynthia Hankins (Unidentified Phyllidiid #1 record & other Big Island data), Dieta Hanson (data), Nancy Harris (Kahoolawe-Phyllidia exquisita photo), Nan Harter (Polycera abai discovery), Patrice Heller (Big Island data), Gordon Hendler (Philine sp. #4 specimen & Dendrodoris sp. #8 record), Autumn Hill (Fiona pinnata specimen), Mykle Hoban (Bulla vernicosa data), Ron Holcom (Oahu specimens & data), Neal Hoogenboom (Ardeadoris scottjohnsoni photo), Daniel Jennings-Kam (Hydatina amplustre & Melibe megaceras photos, Eubranchus sp. #8 record & Kauai data), Jerry Kane (photo of Phyllidia exquisita), Dean Karamehmedovic (Siphopteron quadrispinosum data), Darcy Kehler (specimens & photos), Sue Kellam (photo of Dendrodoris sp. #1), Kerry Key (Dendrodoris krusensternii photo), Anthony Kuntz (data on Chromodoris sp. #5 & other species from Niihau), Dan Lager (Miamira sinuata specimen), Joshua Lambus (Cliopsis krohni record), Megan Lamson (Big Island Stylocheilus longicauda record), Zac Lenox (Aplysia argus & Pleurobranchus grandis photos), Ron Lickman (photo of Chromodoris sp. #5), Bo and Tara Lusher (Phyllodesmium sp. #2 & other specimens), Donnie Lutrick (Carminodoris grandiflora photo), Brian Magnier (Oahu Herviella mietta data), David Marchand (Dendrodoris nigra photo), Victoria Martocci (Berthella martensi photos & Lanai data), Sarah Matye (Big Island data), Maureen McEvoy (Dendrodoris carbunculosa photo), Charles Meyer (Kauai data), Dennis McCrea (photos of Dendrodoris sp. #1 & others from Big Island), Cole McCune (Hypselodoris paulinae photo), Sharon McGauley (Tenellia sp. #10 data), Jeff Milisen (Kalinga ornata photo), Heidi Miller (Umbraculum sp. #1 photo), James Murphy (Costasiella kuroshimae photo), Brian Nedved (Caloris militaris record), Paul Okumura (records for Flabellina cf. rubropurpurata and Thordisa sp. #14), Susan O'Shaughnessy (paired Hiatodoris fellowsi), James Petruzzi (Glossodoris sp. #2 photo & data), Pamela Polland (Asteronotus cespitosus photo), Tom Powers (Glossodoris atromarginata data), Chris Quarre (north shore nudibranch expeditions), David Rafalovich (Caloria sp. #4 photos & Unidentified Pleurobranch #3 record), Kimberly Randal (Platydoris formosa photos), Scott Rettig (photos of Glossodoris sp. #2 & Dendrodoris krusensternii), Jessica Rickard (Umbraculum sp. #3 photos), David Rolla (photos of Unidentified Facelinid #4 & Tenellia sp. #23 record), Mike Roberts (photos), Mike Rudenko (Tambja morosa eggs), Brian Russo (Hypselodoris paulinae data), Mike Ryan (Catriona sp. #1 photo), Andy Schwanke (Cephalopyge trematoides, Thecacera pacifica data & Platydoris formosa photo), Leo Shaw (Big Island data), Greg Shepherd (Tambja sagamiana photo), Katherine Shepherd (Tambja sagamiana & Plocamopherus cf. imperialis records), Robyn Smith (Phyllodesmium poindimiei photo & Big Island data), Lars Snitker (Flabellina rubrolineata photo), Marty Snyderman (Phyllidia varicosa photo), Narrissa Spies (Costasiella kuroshimae photo & assistance with Caloria militaris photo), Keoki Stender (record for Sebadoris fragilis plus Oahu & Leeward Hawaiian Islands data), Bill Stohler (Umbraculum sp. #2 photo), Sandi Strickland (Dendrodoris sp. #1 photo), the late Darrell Takaoka (Oahu--numerous specimens and data), Dai Mar Tamarack (Umbraculum sp. #1 photo), Dave Tanis (data), Vici Tate (Godiva sp. #1 specimen & other data), Philip Thomas (Platydoris formosa photo & advice on site design), Kaho Tisthammer (Caloria militaris photo), Toby Tobin (data), Ralph Turre (Dermatobranchus rubidus & Melibe megaceras photos), Rene Umberger (Carminodoris grandiflora data & photo), Dr. Christy Vail (dive buddy and keen observer), Erik and Spencer Verhoef (Jorunna funebris record), Cecile Walsh (Eubranchus sp. #8 record), Dee Wescott (Halgerda dalanghita photo), Joe Weston (Phylliroe bucephala & Clio cuspidata records), Michelle White (Glossodoris atromarginata data), Sharon Williams (Phyllidia varicosa photo), Tiffany Winn (finding Flabellina rubrolineata), Todd Winn (north shore nudibranch expeditions), Astrid Witte (Big Island Flabellina exoptata data & photo), Andy Woerner (Big Island Kalinga ornata data), Linda Wright (Pteraeolidia semperi photo) and Elizabeth Zwamborn (Kauai data).

In addition to those mentioned above, we also thank the staff and participants in classes that have been held at camp Pecusa/Olowalu under the auspices of the following schools: Western Washington University, Trinity Western University, Willamette University, Garfield High School, Monroe High School, West Seattle High School, Summit High School, and Ballard High School. Over the years, they have provided support and assistance in many ways during stays on Maui.
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