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Carminodoris grandiflora
Pease, 1860
 
Carminodoris grandiflora
Maximum size:  54 mm.

Identification:  This species has broad, rounded tubercles tipped with white flecks. The rhinophores and branchia are solid brown tipped with white and there are three brown patches on each side of the notum in mature animals. The overall hue, however, varies from cream to dark brown.

Natural history:  Carminodoris grandiflora is a moderately rare species found in rocky and, occasionally, sandy habitats from < 1 m (< 3 ft) to 18 m (60 ft).

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  Although this species is listed in Bertsch and Johnson, 1981, the illustration is of a Phyllidiopsis cardinalis. It was first reported from Hawaii in Pease, 1860 (as Doris grandiflora).

Photo:  Donnie Lutrick: over 50 mm: St. Anthony wreck; Maui; April 29, 2014.

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