Atagema sp. #18
|Maximum size: 4 mm.
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).
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).
Maui: possibly also known from Japan.
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
Photo: CP: 4
mm: Maalaea Bay, Maui; 1996.
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