young, 18 mm
Carminodoris bifurcata Baba, 1993
|Maximum size: 46 mm.
This species has small, closely spaced tubercles. The stout brown
rhinophores usually have flame-like cream markings on their clubs. The
branchia are two-toned: the anterior gills cream flecked with brown
and white, the posterior gills translucent orange-brown. The
of the notum is usually darker and its margin is blotched with brown.
The underside is finely flecked with brown. The two-toned branchia and
stout rhinophores with cream markings distinguish the species from Carminodoris
is a moderately common species found from the low intertidal to 7 m (23
rocky habitats and in Halimeda
kanaloana beds from 6-9 m (20-30 ft). It occurs at protected to exposed sites. It lays a
cream egg mass that hatches in about six days in the laboratory.
Big Island, Maui, Lanai(?) and Oahu: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.
This is the species listed as Carminodoris
nodulosa (Angas, 1864) in Kay, 1979, Kay & Young, 1969 and Bertsch & Johnson,
1981. It was first reported in Hawaii from Ala Moana, Oahu in Feb.,
(Kay & Young, 1969).
Photo: CP: 46
mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Nov. 10, 2004.
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