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Aglaja orientalis
Baba, 1949
 
Aglaja orientalis
Maximum size:  23 mm (Kay, 1979).

Identification:  This species is dark brown or black flecked with white. It has three irregular transverse bands of orange surrounded by diffuse white "halos".

Natural history:  Aglaja orientalis is a rare species recorded from only one or two animals found at exposed to highly exposed rocky sites.

Distribution:  Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This is the animal listed as Philinopsis orientalis (Baba, 1949) in Kay, 1979. Terry  Gosliner suggested that the contracted animal (see photo) might be sufficiently different to justify listing as a separate species. (pers. com). However, we've opted to lump pending further work. It's also possible that all Hawaiian animals will prove distinct from other Indo-Pacific populations of A. orientalis. It's listed in Gosliner, et. al, 2008 as "Aglaja sp. #1".

Photo:  Scott Johnson: Makua, Oahu; July 10, 1985.

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