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Chelidonura
sp. #5
 
Chelidonura sp. #5
Maximum size: 2 mm.

Identification:  This is a tiny, solid black animal with only a hint of orange spotting at its front and orange tips on its "tails".

Natural history:  Chelidonura sp. #5 is known from only one animal found in a Halimeda kanaloana bed at a depth of 12-14 m (40-47 ft).

Distribution:  Maui.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP; on March 30, 2017. There is some chance that it might be a highly aberrant juvenile of another listed species although it's not a close match for previous juveniles. There's also a chance that it might be a live Chelidonura(?) sp #3 but the shell was not extracted for comparison.

Photo:  CP: 2 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; March 30, 2017.

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