Aglaja orientalis Baba, 1949
|Maximum size: 23 mm (Kay,
This species is dark brown or black flecked with white. It has three
irregular transverse bands of orange surrounded by diffuse white
is a rare species recorded from only one or two animals found at
exposed to highly exposed rocky sites.
Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
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".
Johnson: Makua, Oahu; July 10, 1985.
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