Bornella anguilla Johnson, 1984
|Maximum size: about 38 mm
color pattern of this impressive dendronotid is a mosaic of orange,
brown and white spots against a black reticulate background. Each of
six pairs of cerata, as well as the rhinophoral sheaths, possess a
distinctive flap shaped like a rabbit ear with black, white and orange
is a rare species, having been reported only twice. It was found in
highly exposed locations, both times during the day. One of those
occasions was on a basalt cliff at 6 m (20 ft). Though other bornellids
using a side-to-side flapping motion, Bornella
anguilla is capable of swimming like an eel with a more sinuous
Big Island: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
species was first recorded in Hawaii from
South Point, Big Island by John Hoover in July, 1998. It was named for
its eel-like swimming motion. It's referred to as the "eel nudibranch"
in Hoover, 1998 & 2006.
Hoover: South Point, Big Island; July, 1998.
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