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Bornella pele
Pola, Rudman & Gosliner, 2009
 
Bornella pele
Maximum size:  19 mm.

Identification:  The body of this species is translucent-white dusted with white flecks that give it an overall whitish appearance. Splashes of scarlet occur on the head, the inside of the rhinophoral sheaths, the cerata and the posterior end of the notum. Each ceras bears three projections in addition to the gills. The rhinophoral sheaths possess five long papillae and lack a flap.

Natural history:  Bornella pele is a rare bornellid found along basalt cliffs in highly exposed locations from the low intertidal to 6 m (20 ft). It can make a side-to-side swimming motion.

Distribution:  Maui and Kahoolawe: also known from Australia, Japan, Moorea and Reunion.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Halona Point, Kahoolawe by PF on Jan. 21, 1992 and was named for the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele due to its "flame and ash" coloration.

Photo:  PF: 15 mm: Halona Pt., Kahoolawe; Jan. 21, 1992.

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