young, 3 mm
Berthella stellata (Risso, 1826)
|Maximum size: 20 mm (Kay,
This is a translucent cream species finely reticulated with pale white
and with a variable amount of opaque white
spotting on the notum.
is a moderately rare nocturnal pleurobranchid found in protected to
exposed rocky habitats. It occurs in the low intertidal, in tide pools
and subtidally to depths of 9 m (30 ft). It lays a white
collar-shaped egg mass that hatches in about seven days in the
Big Island, Maui, Oahu, French Frigate Shoals and Midway: circumtropical
the species listed as Berthella pellucida
(Pease, 1860) in Kay, 1979. It was first reported from Hawaii in Pease,
1860 (as Pleurobranchus pellucidus) and is listed under that name in Edmondson, 1946.
Photo: CP: 7
mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Nov. 23, 2006.
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