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Aglaja regiscorona
Bertsch, 1972
 
Aglaja regiscorona
Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This small species is usually translucent brown intricately flecked with darker brown and cream. However, the color is variable, ranging from light brown with dark brown reticulation to gray with white flecks. Occasional animals may be mostly white or have pink spots on the notum. The surface is tuberculate although the tubercles vary considerably in development and there are usually a few enlarged tubercles on the posterior tip of the head shield. Most animals have rust-orange bands on the interior of the parapodia.

Natural history:  Aglaja regiscorona is a moderately common species found at depths of 1-6 m (3-20 ft) in moderately protected to exposed rocky habitats. It lays a small, somewhat irregular white egg mass. Hatching occurs in about three days in the laboratory.

Distribution:  Maui, Kauai and Midway: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific; also in the eastern Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP on June 2, 1991.

Photo:  CP: 3.8 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; May 1, 2004.

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