Abronica sp. #4
|Maximum size: 8 mm.
body of this species and the inner bases of the cerata are
translucent rose flecked with yellow or white. The middle part of each
swollen and bright white. There are thin yellow and rose rings
subapically and the tip is pale blue shading to white. The rhinophores
are flecked with white.
Abronica sp. #4 is
a rare species that has been found in moderately protected
to exposed rocky habitats and Halimeda
beds at depths of 1-15 m (3-50 ft). It lays a pale pink egg
mass. The eggs hatch in about three days in the laboratory.
Maui, Oahu and Kauai: also known from Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands and Indonesia.
It was first
recorded in Hawaii from Maalaea Bay, Maui by CP on May 7,
1991 and was formerly placed in the genus Cuthona.
Photo: PF: 7
mm: off Makena, Maui; May 9, 1999.
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