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Cliopsis krohni Troschel, 1854
 
Cliopsis krohni
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Identification:  This is a plump, moderately elongate species with swimming "wings"  located far forward near its head. Its body has a finely reticulated surface and a yellowish to rosy hue. A median foot lobe surrounds the retracted feeding apparatus on the underside of its head.

Natural history:  Cliopsis krohni is a pelagic species that is rarely seen in near-shore waters at night. It feeds on pseudothecosomes such as Corolla spectabilis. (Wrobel & Mills, 1998)

Distribution:  Big Island: circumtropical.

Taxonomic notes:  Probably first found in Hawaii off the Kona Coast of the Big Island by Joshua Lambus. (Note 1)

Photo:  Joshua Lambus: underside: 3 miles off the Kona Coast, Big Island; 12 m (40 ft) from the surface, at night.

Observations and comments:

Note 1:  Previously, we listed this species as occurring in the north Pacific near Hawaii based on the range maps in Pelagic Molluscs on the Marine Species Identification Portal:. However, Joshua's photo confirms its presence in near-shore waters.
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