Cliopsis krohni Troschel, 1854
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.
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)
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
Island; 12 m (40 ft) from the surface, at night.
Observations and comments:
1: Previously, we listed this species as occurring in the north Pacific near Hawaii based
the range maps in Pelagic
Molluscs on the Marine
Species Identification Portal:. However, Joshua's photo confirms its presence in near-shore waters.