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Anteaeolidiella
cacaotica (Stimpson, 1855)
 
Anteaeolidiella cacaotica
Maximum size:  21 mm (Kay, 1979).

Identification:  This species has closely spaced rhinophores and laterally directed cerata. The body is translucent-orange, usually with faint white markings on the notum. The cerata have prominent cnidosacs in their tips and usually have irregular, white subapical bands. The rhinophores and cephalic tentacles usually have white tips.

Natural history: On Maui, Anteaeolidiella cacaotica is a moderately rare species found from the low intertidal to a depth of 15 m (49 ft) in protected to moderately protected rocky areas and in Halimeda kanaloana beds. However, it may be more common in the low intertidal on Oahu (Bertsch and Johnson, 1981). It lays white spiral egg masses composed of a "kinked" ribbon.

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai: widely distributed in the Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This is the species listed as Aeolidiella takanosimensis in Bertsch & Johnson, 1981. It's listed as Aeolidiella takanosimiensis in Kay, 1979 and Gosliner, 1980. Some sites list it as Anteaeolidiella indica or Aeolidiella indica. It was first recorded in Hawaii from Poipu, Kauai by Allison Kay in Jan., 1965.

Photo:  Angel Valdes: found by Angel Valdes, Dieta Hanson, Jessica Goodheart or Jennifer Alexander; Kahului Harbor, Maui; June 20, 2011.

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