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Atagema sp. #18
 
Atagema sp. #18
Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This is an elongate, yellow to white species marked with irregular violet-brown bands near the branchia and rhinophores. The papillae are short and blunt while the rhinophores have only five or six lamellae (in contrast to Atagema echinata).

Natural history:  Unidentified discodorid #18 is known from three animals. Two were found at an exposed rocky site at < 5 m (< 16 ft). The other was found in a Halimeda kanaloana bed at between 8 and 20 m (26 and 66 ft).

Distribution:  Maui: possibly also known from Japan.

Taxonomic notes: The papillae in these animals are similar to those of Atagema intecta suggesting that they might ultimately turn out to be very small juveniles of that species.

Photo:  CP: 4 mm: Maalaea Bay, Maui; 1996.

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