Berthelinia pseudochloris Kay, 1964a
|Maximum size: 6 mm.
This species is strongly laterally compressed (in contrast to the Julia spp.). It has a nearly
transparent yellow-white shell with a curved
dorsal margin and the animal is green, flecked with white.
A variable pattern of blue-white
lines and patches shows through the shell.
is a rare species found in moderately exposed to highly exposed rocky
areas on algae of the genus Caulerpa
on which it feeds. The four animals we've seen were at depths of
1 to 3 m (< 3 to 10 ft). Like some other sacoglossids, it releases a
milky secretion when disturbed.
Maui, Oahu, Kauai and French Frigate Shoals.
It was first recorded in Hawaii from Koloa, Kauai by Allison Kay on
Nov. 25, 1961. (Kay, 1964b)
Photo: CP: 6
mm: found by PF; Honokowai Beach Park, Maui; Oct. 9, 2010.
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